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A house built on sand : exposing postmodernist myths about science

Author: Noretta Koertge
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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"Many at work in the field of cultural studies argue that "science is politics by other means," insisting that scientific inquiry is profoundly shaped by ideological concerns. They base their claims on historical case studies purporting to show the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist, capitalist, colonialist, and/or professional interests into the very content of science. Not long ago physicist Alan Sokal poked  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noretta Koertge
ISBN: 0195117255 9780195117257 0195117263 9780195117264
OCLC Number: 38081662
Description: xi, 322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Scrutinizing science studies / Noretta Koertge --
What the social text affair does and does not prove / Alan D. Sokal --
What the Sokal hoax ought to teach us / Paul A. Boghossian --
Plea for science studies / Philip Kitcher --
Bashful eggs, macho sperm, and Tonypandy / Paul R. Gross --
Engineer dissects two case studies : Hayles on fluid mechanics, and MacKenzie on statistics / Philip A. Sullivan --
Evidence-free forensics and enemies of objectivity / Paul R. Gross --
Is Darwinism sexist? (and if it is, so what?) / Michael Ruse --
When experiments fail : is "cold fusion" science as normal? / William J. McKinney --
Avoiding the experimenters' regress / Allan Franklin --
Latour's relativity / John Huth --
In defense of Bacon / Alan Soble --
Alchemy, domination, and gender / William R. Newman --
What's wrong with the strong programme's case study of the "Hobbes-Boyle" dispute / Cassandra L. Pinnick --
Postmodernisms and the problem of scientific literacy / Noretta Koertge --
End of science, the central dogma of science studies, Monsieur Jordain, and Uncle Vanya / Norman Levitt --
Epistemic charity of the social constructivist critics of science and why the third world should refuse the offer / Meera Nanda.
Responsibility: edited by Noretta Koertge.
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Offers detailed critiques of case studies presented by cultural critics as evidence that scientific results tell us more about social context than they do about the natural world. This work  Read more...

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