Beyond the Hoax

Science, Philosophy and Culture

Alan Sokal, best-known for his role in the 'Sokal Hoax', here turns his attention to a new set of targets - pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life. He argues 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.

Alan Sokal is Professor of Physics at New York University and Professor of Mathematics at University College, London. His main research interests are in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Among non-physicists, Sokal is probably best known for his famous parody of postmodern science criticism, known as the 'Sokal Hoax', which aroused fierce debate in cultural circles, and received widespread coverage in the media, including front-page stories in the
New York Times, the International Herald and Tribune, the Observer, and Le Monde. Alongside many publications in physics, Sokal's previous books include Intellectual Impostures (with Jean Bricmont, Profile Books, 1998; published as Fashionable Nonsense by Picador in the US).

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  • PART I: THE SOCIAL TEXT AFFAIR ; 1. The parody, annotated ; 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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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 488
Erscheinungsdatum 31.12.1998
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-19-956183-4
Verlag Oxford University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 24,4/17,3/2,7 cm
Gewicht 888 g
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