Every philosophy student and every theology student should know about the original Sokal hoax. Here’s the best reflection on its important lessons. (Dr. Boghossian later expanded the discussion in this book.)
Now a philosopher has pulled a similar hoax; this time it’s a naturalistic atheist vs. the Association for Reformational Philosophy. The story is at Jerry Coyne’s blog, Why Evolution is True. (Never mind that this particular post provides no such reason. ) Coyne notes,
This shows once again the appeal of religious gibberish to the educated believer
True – for some. But this love of pseudo-profound nonsense isn’t confined to believers in God, or even to religious people in general. It’s a human failing which I’ve discussed before. (pp. 23-4)
FYI – no decent organization of analytic philosophers would have accepted that abstract, as full of gibberish as it is. My colleagues and I referee submissions to a lecture series, and if we’d received something like that, it would have caused more than a little amusement.
But if gibberish is your thing, here’s a website I recommend for you.
In all seriousness, the harm of this stuff is that it gives ordinary people reason to think that all scholars are bs-ing. The problem with this is: most are not!