Jean Bricmont: A Physicist Looks at Idealism and Relativism
6 June 2014, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Jean Bricmont, co-author with Alan Sokal of Intellectual Impostures: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science, will share his thoughts on idealism and relativism, from the perspective of a physicist.
Jean Bricmont is a Belgian theoretical physicist, philosopher of science and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He works on renormalization group and nonlinear differential equations. He is mostly known to the non-academic audience for co-authoring Fashionable Nonsense (also known as Intellectual Impostures) with Alan Sokal, in which they criticise relativism in the philosophy of science. Jean Bricmont also collaborates with activist Noam Chomsky and campaigns on a variety of progressive causes.
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