Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Denis Dutton, who teaches at the University of Cambridge in New Zealand, is editor of this web page. He is also editor of the journal, Philosophy and Literature, which published physicist Alan Sokal's article explaining the reason behind his hoax. For those of you not familiar with this incident, in 1996, Sokal wrote a nonsensical piece on physics titled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity." He used academic jargon and all the right buzzwords needed to get one tenure; it was published in the "cutting edge" journal Social Text. In other words, the emperor is wearing no clothes, folks!
More information here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Sokal
Arts & Letters also sponsors the bad [academic] writing contest and publishes three new interesting articles each day.
I am very proud to be listed here. Please visit Arts & Letters frequently!