Beyond the hoax : science, philosophy and culture

Alan Sokal

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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[目次]

  • PART I: THE SOCIAL TEXT AFFAIR
  • 1. Transgressing the boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity [annotated version]
  • 2. Transgressing the boundaries: An afterword
  • 3. Truth, reason, objectivity, and the Left
  • 4. Science studies: Less than meets the eye
  • 5. What the Social Text affair does and does not prove
  • PART II: SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY
  • 6. Cognitive relativism in the philosophy of science
  • 7. Defense of a modest scientific realism
  • PART III: SCIENCE AND CULTURE
  • 8. Pseudoscience and postmodernism: Antagonists or fellow-travelers?
  • 9. Religion, politics and survival
  • 10. Epilogue: Epistemology and ethics
  • Index

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書名 Beyond the hoax : science, philosophy and culture
著作者等 Sokal, Alan D
Sokal Alan
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2008
ページ数 xxi, 465 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 9780199239207
NCID BA86725907
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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