A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science




Author: Noretta Koertge
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2000
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 289
Isbn10 Code: 0195117263
Isbn13 Code: 9780195117264


From Library Journal This book is the latest and most explosive bomb to be launched in the "science wars." Recently, a cadre of historians and philosophers of science have attempted to deconstruct the scientific process by examining its underlying social metaphors. Many scholars, especially practicing scientists, view these efforts with undisguised disdain. The essays here, which are by scientists and philosophers, debunk postmodernist science studies by exposing their purported biases, errors, and fallacies. Essentially, they deconstruct the deconstructionists. For example, Michael Ruse asks, "Is Darwinism Sexist?" while Alan Sokal tackles "What the Social Text Affair Does and Does Not Approve." Although some olive branches are extended, the overall tone is aggressive. Academics on both sides of the debate will need this book. Expect a counterattack.?Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, FLCopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the edition. Review "This book is the latest and most explosive bomb to be launched in the 'science wars.'...Academics on both sides of the debate will need this book. Expect a counterattack."--Library Journal "A thoughtful, wide-ranging, spirited, and highly informative collection. The sophisticated case for objectivity is fully developed in these expert pages."--Frederick Crews, author of The Memory Wars (1995) and editor of Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend (1998)

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