Are Science and Mathematics Socially Constructed?: A Mathematician Encounters Postmodern Interpretations of Science

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World Scientific, 2009 - Electronic books - 336 pages
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This book is a history, analysis, and criticism of what the author calls OC postmodern interpretations of scienceOCO (PIS) and the closely related OC sociology of scientific knowledgeOCO (SSK). This movement traces its origin to Thomas Kuhn''s revolutionary work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), but is more extreme. It believes that science is a OC social constructionOCO, having little to do with nature, and is determined by contextual forces such as the race, class, gender of the scientist, laboratory politics, or the needs of the military industrial complex.
 

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Contents

1 Rip van Winkle Awakes
1
2 A Golden Age and its End
19
3 Ingredients in the PIS Bouillabaisse
27
4 A Canary in the Mine
37
5 The Unmasking of Reason
45
6 Thought Styles and Thought Collectives
57
7 The Reluctant Revolutionary
63
8 Anything Goes
87
10 The Deconstruction of Mathematics
149
11 Epistemic Issues
169
12 The Fallibility of Conventionalism and Fallibilism
215
13 Madison 1973
243
14 Kto Kogo?
275
Bibliography
293
Index
307
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9 The Sociological Attack
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