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Knowledge and the World: Challenges Beyond the Science Wars

Challenges Beyond the Science Wars
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ISBN-13:
9783540210092
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
05.05.2004
Seiten:
327
Autor:
Martin Carrier
Gewicht:
624 g
Format:
242x165x24 mm
Serie:
The Frontiers Collection
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The fundamental question of whether, or in what sense, science informs us about the real world has pervaded the history of thought since antiquity. Is what science tells us about the world determined unambiguously by facts, or does the content of any scientific theory in some way depend on the human condition? "Sokal's hoax" attacked the mere seriousness of post-modern views of science and shifted this controversial debate to a new level, which very quickly came to be known as "Science Wars". "Knowledge and the World" examines and reviews the broad range of philosophical positions on this issue, extending from realism to relativism, to expound the epistemic merit of science, and to tackle the central question: in what sense can science justifiably claim to provide a truthful portrait of reality? Challenges beyond the Science Wars are taken up by contributions of scientists, sociologists and philosophers of science, which connect perspectives of a wide variety of disciplines (including biology and cultural studies). This book addresses everyone interested in the philosophy and history of science, and in particular in the interplay between the social and natural sciences.
Defense of a Modest Scientific Realism.- Scientific Realism: An Elaboration and a Defence.- Scientific Objectivity with a Human Face Four Reflections from a Pragmatist Point of View.- On Social Constructivist Accounts of the Natural Sciences.- Experimental Success and the Revelation of Reality: The Miracle Argument for Scientific Realism.- True is What is Considered True-What is Considered True is True.- Realism and Biological Knowledge.- Objective Facts, Subjective Experiences, and Neuronal Constructs.- Evidence, Logic and Moral Authority Experience and the Erosion of Certainties in Illiterate and Literate Societies.- Some Remarks on the Hard Core of Soft Sciences.- The Mote and the Beam Who's Blind to Whom.- Neither Modernist Nor Postmodernist-A Third Way.- From Science Wars to Science Worries: Some Reflections on the Scientific Conquest of Reality.- Science Wars? Historical, Social and Epistemological Aspects of the "Sokal-Debate".- Acknowledgements.
The fundamental question of whether, or in what sense, science informs us about the real world has pervaded the history of thought since antiquity. Is what science tells us about the world determined unambiguously by facts, or does the content of any scientific theory in some way depend on the human condition? "Sokal s hoax" attacked the mere seriousness of post-modern views of science and shifted this controversial debate to a new level, which very quickly came to be known as "Science Wars"."Knowledge and the World" examines and reviews the broad range of philosophical positions on this issue, extending from realism to relativism, to expound the epistemic merit of t science, and to tackle the central question: in what sense can science justifiably claim to provide a truthful portrait of reality? Challenges beyond the Science Wars are taken up by contributions of scientists, sociologists and philosophers of science, which connect perspectives of a wide variety of disciplines (including biology and cultural studies). This book addresses everyone interested in the philosophy and history of science, and in particular in the interplay between the social and natural sciences.