Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 13, 2008 - Philosophy - 488 pages
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In 1996, Alan Sokal, a Professor of Physics at New York University, wrote a paper for the cultural-studies journal Social Text, entitled 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity'. It was reviewed, accepted and published. Sokal immediately confessed that the whole article was a hoax - a cunningly worded paper designed to expose and parody the style of extreme postmodernist criticism of science. The story became front-page news around the world and triggered fierce and wide-ranging controversy. Sokal is one of the most powerful voices in the continuing debate about the status of evidence-based knowledge. In Beyond the Hoax he turns his attention to a new set of targets - pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life. 'Whether my targets are the postmodernists of the left, the fundamentalists of the right, or the muddle-headed of all political and apolitical stripes, the bottom line is that clear thinking, combined with a respect for evidence, are of the utmost importance to the survival of the human race in the twenty-first century.' The book also includes a hugely illuminating annotated text of the Hoax itself, and a reflection on the furore it provoked.

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Review: Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture

User Review  - Konstantinos Chatzigeorgiou - Goodreads

Sokal is a philosophically-minded scientist who deals with social and political issues in a very interesting and accessible manner. This book is a collection of essays that deal with the philosophy of ... Read full review

Review: Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture

User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

Sokal ends up repeating some of his arguments a few too many times since this is a collection of related essays written over 10 or so years, but this should be required reading for both scientists and its critics, especially with regards to epistemological issues. Read full review


PART IThe Social Text Affair
1The parody annotated
Additional bibliography cited in annotations
Bibliography 142
An afterword
3Truth reason objectivity and the Left
PART IIScience and Philosophy
6Cognitive relativism in the philosophy of science
7Defense of a modest scientific realism
PART IIIScience and Culture
Antagonists or fellowtravelers?
9Religion politics and survival
Epistemology and ethics

Less than meets the eye
5What the Social Text affair does and does not prove

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