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Confessions of a Believer

Peter R. Saulson

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0022
Confessions of a Believer

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Do people really care enough about metaphysics and epistemology to make them angry? Aside from a few philosophers, the chapter states that most do not. In particular, few scientists seem to pay any attention at all to the philosophical issues that surround science. Scientists do care about politics, some of them passionately. Alan Sokal explained in his Lingua Franca article that his intention in perpetrating his hoax was to help reclaim the left for the forces of reason from the mystics who hold it hostage today. Few other science warriors are so explicitly leftist; indeed a more common attitude would be that science studies, postmodernism, and what passes for the left on campus are all one big mess. Even so, few scientists care strongly enough about their politics to explain the anger behind the actions in the science wars.

Keywords: metaphysics; epistemology; politics; Alan Sokal; postmodernism; science studies

Chapter.  2314 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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