Knowledge and the World: Challenges Beyond the Science Wars
ISBN/ASIN: 9783642059056,9783662081297 | 2004 | English | pdf | 328/325 pages | 6.74 Mb
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg | Author: Prof. Martin Carrier (auth.), Prof. Martin Carrier, Dr. Johannes Roggenhofer, Dr. Günter Küppers, Prof. Philippe Blanchard (eds.) | Edition: 1
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.