A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science

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Noretta Koertge
Oxford University Press, 1998 - 322 pagina's
Cultural critics say that "science is politics by other means," arguing that the results of scientific inquiry are profoundly shaped by the ideological agendas of powerful elites. They base their claims on historical case studies purporting to show the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist, capitalist, colonialist, and/or professional interests into the very content of science. In this hard-hitting collection of essays, contributors offer crisp and detailed critiques of case studies offered by the cultural critics as evidence that scientific results tell us more about social context than they do about the natural world. Pulling no punches, they identify numerous crude factual blunders (e.g. that Newton never performed any experiments) and egregious errors of omission, such as the attempt to explain the slow development of fluid dynamics solely in terms of gender bias. Where there are positive aspects of a flawed account, or something to be learned from it, they do not hesitate to say so. Their target is shoddy scholarship.
Comprising new essays by distinguished scholars of history, philosophy, and science, this book raises a lively debate to a new level of seriousness.

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Inhoudsopgave

Scrutinizing Science Studies
3
The Strange World of Postmodernist Science Studies
7
Myths Metaphors and Misreadings
57
Interests Ideology and the Construction of Experiments
131
Art Nature and the Rise of Experimental Method
193
Civilian Casualties of Postmodern Perspectives on Science
255
Index
313
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Noretta Koertge is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University.

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