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By Ullica Segerstrale

ISBN-10: 0791446182

ISBN-13: 9780791446188

Past the technology Wars bargains a large contextualization of the "Science Wars"-an ongoing debate among scientists and social scientists over the character and that means of science-from interdisciplinary sociological, historic, medical, political, and cultural views. past offering an knowing of the clash itself, this e-book provides the reviews of 2 technological know-how and expertise reports' (STS) "founding fathers" (Bernard Barber and John Ziman), a scientist's protest that STS has deserted its unique venture, a historian's view of the fluctuating social help for technology, and a sociologist's research of the reasons of "anti-antiscience warriors." additionally, an STS statesman discusses ongoing structural adjustments in technological know-how, a sociologist varieties out diversified perspectives of objectivity, and an STS veteran from the technological know-how Wars brings us stories from front and evaluates the that means of modern occasions.

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Note, however, that Sokal's target was the postmodern and cultural criticism of science rather than the social constructivist one within science studies. ) In an article in Social Text, a leading cultural studies journal, Sokal declared that he as a physicist wished to take the "deep analyses" of certain cultural critics of science one step further by linking them to recent developments in quantum gravity. He wrote about a conceptual revolution with "profound implications for the content of a future postmodern and liberatory science" (Sokal, 1996a, p.

Under such an onslaught of social constructivism, the physical world itself now seemed to come to pieces. 8 Page 5 The depth of the constructivist conviction remained unclear even to STS colleagueswhen they said that facts were socially constructed, did constructivists mean that there existed no scientific facts, or was this merely a rhetorical, or perhaps methodological claim? This seemed never to be satisfactorily resolved even in open disputes. But the important point was not the ontological-sounding claim itself.

As so often happens in controversies, the terms of the debate were skewed from the outset. The science warriors felt free to fiercely attack their targetsrecent "postmodern" and "constructivist" or ''relativist" schools in the humanities and social sciencesin the name of science, while many of their scientific colleagues thought they were going too far. In the same way, the vocal constructivists and relativists saw themselves as representatives for sociology, while their particular approach had been severely criticized by some of their colleagues over the years.

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