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The One Culture?A Conversation about Science$
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Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001

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Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace

Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace

(p.27) Chapter 3 Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace
The One Culture?

Jean Bricmont

Alan Sokal

University of Chicago Press

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

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