Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace

Jean Bricmont and Alan Sokal

in The One Culture?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226467221
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467245 | DOI:
Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace

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This chapter aims to disentangle various confusions caused by fashionable ideas in the contemporary philosophy of science. Roughly speaking, the main thesis is that those ideas contain a kernel of truth that can be understood properly when those ideas are carefully formulated, but then they give no support to radical relativism. However, before getting to work, the chapter attempts to avoid several possible misunderstandings and to emphasize some points that are noncontroversial. First, the chapter clears the epistemological ground. Next, it formulates objections to the “Strong Programme.” And finally, it indicates some possible areas of collaboration between scientists and sociologists of science.

Keywords: philosophy of science; radical relativism; epistemology; Strong Programme; sociology of science; war and peace

Chapter.  9141 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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