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What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us <i>Paul A. Boghossian</i>

Paul A. Boghossian

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0003
 What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us  What the Sokal Hoax Ought to Teach Us  Paul A. Boghossian

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The essay explores the meaning and implications of Alan Sokal’s hoax on the editors of Social Text. It examines the role that relativist/postmodernist views about knowledge may have played in that episode, and briefly explores the cogency of such conceptions.

Keywords: Sokal hoax; Social Text; relativism; modernism; knowledge; truth

Chapter.  4788 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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