> So when Sokal pulled his stunt, and then explained in his apologia:
> But why did I do it? I confess that I'm an unabashed Old Leftist
I spent some time talking to Sokal just after his stunt. I was initially sympathetic, but then turned on him. Ok, he proved that Stanley Aronowitz is a fool. To me, that's obvious and noncontroversial. But as for the rest of the field of science studies, my sense from talking with Sokal was that he really doesn't know what he's talking about - for him, there's no intelligent critique of science. Truth is just obvious and self-evident. E.g., I asked him what he thought of the Frankfurt school & their critique of instrumental reason and he had no idea what I was talking about. For me, the result of his hoax was to turn me into a Judith Butler fan.