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A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science

Noretta Koertge


The interdisciplinary enterprise of Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) fosters the view that the results of scientific inquiry are social constructions that are strongly influenced by ideology and special interests. Academics working within traditions of postmodernism and cultural studies use both theoretical analysis and historical case studies to defend their allegations that the objectivity and empirical character of science have been vastly overrated. This anthology, with essays by philosophers, historians, scientists, and engineers, scrutinizes these claims in detail. Inspired ... More

Keywords: postmodernism, social construction, science wars, Sokal hoax, sociology of knowledge, relativism, objectivity, scientific method, rationality, Scientific Revolution

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195117257
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195117255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noretta Koertge, editor
Indiana University
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