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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Part I: The Social Text Affair1. Transgressing the boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity [annotated version]2. Transgressing the boundaries: An afterword3. Truth, reason, objectivity, and the Left4. Science studies: Less than meets the eye5. What the Social Text affair does and does not provePart II: Science and Philosophy6. Cognitive relativism in the philosophy of science7. Defense of a modest scientific realismPart III: Science and Culture8. Pseudoscience and postmodernism: Antagonists or fellow-travelers?9. Religion, politics and survival10. Epilogue: Epistemology and ethicsIndex. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In 1996, Alan Sokal, a Professor of Physics at New York University, wrote a paper for the cultural-studies journal Social Text, entitled: 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity'. It was reviewed, accepted and published. Sokal immediately confessed that the whole article was a hoax - a cunningly worded paper designed to expose and parody the style of extreme postmodernist criticism of science. The story became front-page news around the world and triggered fierce and wide-ranging controversy.

Sokal is one of the most powerful voices in the continuing debate about the status of evidence-based knowledge. In Beyond the Hoax he turns his attention to a new set of targets - pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life. 'Whether my targets are the postmodernists of the left, the fundamentalists of the right, or the muddle-headed of all political and apolitical stripes, the bottom line is that clear thinking, combined with a respect for evidence, are of the utmost importance to the survival of the human race in the twenty-first century.' The book also includes a hugely illuminating annotated text of the Hoax itself, and a reflection on the furore it provoked.

Product Description: Beyond the Hoax Alan Sokal, best-known for his role in the 'Sokal Hoax', here turns his attention to a new set of targets - pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life. He argues that clear thinking, combined with a respect for evidence, are of the utmost importance to the survival of the human race in the twenty-first century. Full description

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