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Noretta Koertge

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Cultural critics say that 'science is politics by other means,' arguing that the results of scientific inquiry are profoundly shaped by the ideological agendas of powerful elites. Physicist Alan Sokal recently poked fun at these claims by foisting a sly parody of the genre on the unwitting editors of the cultural studies journal Social Text, touching off a still-unabated torrent of heated discussion. This hard-hitting collection picks up where Sokal left off. The essayists offer crisp and detailed critiques of case studies offered by the cultural critics as evidence that scientific results tell as more about social context than they do about the natural world. Pulling no punches, they identify numerous crude factual blunders (e.g. that Newton never performed any experiments) and egregious errors of omission, such as the attempt to explain the slow development of fluid dynamics solely on the terms of gender bias. Where there are positive aspects of a flawed account,or something to be learned from it, they do not hesitate to say so. Their target is shoddy scholarship. Comprising new essays by distinguished scholars of history, philosophy and science (including Sokal himself), this book raises lively debate to a new level of seriousness.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 1998 Forfatter Noretta Koertge
Forlag
BERTRAMS PRINT ON DEMAND
ISBN 9780195117257
Antall sider 336 Dimensjoner 16,3cm x 23,9cm x 2,8cm
Vekt 685 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Noretta Koertge Emner og form Philosophy of science