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Knowledge and the World : Challenges Beyond the Science Wars - Martin Carrier

Knowledge and the World

Challenges Beyond the Science Wars

By: Martin Carrier (Editor), Johannes Roggenhofer (Editor), Gunter Kuppers (Editor), Philippe Blanchard (Editor)

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The fundamental question of whether, or in what sense, science informs us about the real world has pervaded the history of thought since antiquity. Is what science tells us about the world determined unambiguously by facts, or does the content of any scientific theory in some way depend on the human condition? "Sokal's hoax" attacked the mere seriousness of post-modern views of science and shifted this controversial debate to a new level, which very quickly came to be known as "Science Wars". "Knowledge and the World" examines and reviews the broad range of philosophical positions on this issue, extending from realism to relativism, to expound the epistemic merit of science, and to tackle the central question: in what sense can science justifiably claim to provide a truthful portrait of reality? Challenges beyond the Science Wars are taken up by contributions of scientists, sociologists and philosophers of science, which connect perspectives of a wide variety of disciplines (including biology and cultural studies). This book addresses everyone interested in the philosophy and history of science, and in particular in the interplay between the social and natural sciences.

From the reviews:

"This book is a collection of 14 technical essays by 15 authors ... . Its main concern is discussions on (1) whether what science tells us about the universe is determined unambiguously by experimental data/facts or (2) whether scientific theory and its related experimental procedures are ...dependent upon human strengths and weaknesses. ... A novel feature of this volume is the inclusion of significant cultural studies and biological studies. Overall, the book is a useful source of ideas in the need of formalization." (Albert A. Mullin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1064, 2005)

Introductionp. 1
Defense of a modest scientific realism
Commentsp. 17
Scientific realism : an elaboration and a defence
Commentsp. 55
Scientific objectivity with a human face : four reflections from a pragmatist point of view
Commentsp. 81
On social constructivist accounts of the natural sciences
Commentsp. 105
Experimental success and the revelation of reality : the miracle argument for scientific realismp. 137
True is what is considered true - what is considered true is truep. 163
Realism and biological knowledgep. 171
Objective facts, subjective experiences, and neuronal constructsp. 191
Evidence, logic and moral authority experience and the erosion of certainties in illiterate and literate societiesp. 211
Some remarks on the hard core of soft sciencesp. 237
The mote and the beam : who's blind to whomp. 247
Neither modernist nor postmodernist - a third way
Commentsp. 265
From science wars to science worries : some reflections on the scientific conquest of realityp. 293
Science wars? : historical, social and epistemological aspects of the "Sokal-debate"p. 307
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ISBN: 9783540210092
ISBN-10: 3540210091
Series: The Frontiers Collection
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 5th May 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.65