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Against relativism : philosophy of science, deconstruction, and critical theory

Author: Christopher Norris
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1997.
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This work argues the case against the current widespread trend towards relativism in the philosophy of science, cultural theory and the sociology of knowledge. It avoids the use of technical terms  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Norris
ISBN: 0631198644 9780631198642 0631198652 9780631198659
OCLC Number: 36327471
Description: x, 330 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Metaphor, concept and theory change: deconstruction as critical ontology --
Deconstruction and epistemology: Bachelard, Derrida, de Man --
Ontological relativity and meaning variance: a critical-constructive review --
Quantum mechanics: a case for deconstruction? --
Hermeneutics, anti-realism and philosophy of science --
Anti-realism and constructive empiricism: is there a (real) difference? --
Ontology according to Van Fraasen: some problems with constructive empiricism --
Stuck in the mangle: sociology of science and its discontents --
But will it fly? Aerodynamics as a test case for anti-realism --
Why strong sociologists abhor a vacuum: Shapin and Schaffer on the Boyle-Hobbes controversy --
Leviathan and the turbojet: a critique of sociological unreason.
Responsibility: Christopher Norris.

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"With his characteristic energy and scruple, Christopher Norris has mounted an unusually wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary attack on a family of doctrines - all prominent forms of cultural relativism Read more...

 
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