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Let's not Get too Agreeable

Jay A. Labinger

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/9780226467245.003.0028
Let's not Get too Agreeable

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Both Pinch and Weinberg comment on the level of agreement the “conversation” seems to be approaching, which Pinch notes is the hallmark of a “real” conversation. This chapter seeks to offer some thoughts on the Benveniste case, which has been mentioned by a number of the commentators and also to respond to Bricmont and Sokal's criticism of the original contribution. Gregory notes that Benveniste's original work was replicated elsewhere, received positive peer review, and was published in Nature, which is “usually good enough” to start establishing the results as truth; and that anyone who understood these processes would be baffled by the subsequent developments.

Keywords: Benveniste; conversation; Nature; peer review; ontology; science studies

Chapter.  2092 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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