A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science

Paperback | April 5, 2000

EditorNoretta Koertge

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Cultural critics say that "science is politics by other means," arguing that the results of scientific inquiry are profoundly shaped by the ideological agendas of powerful elites. They base their claims on historical case studies purporting to show the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist,capitalist, colonialist, and/or professional interests into the very content of science. In this hard-hitting collection of essays, contributors offer crisp and detailed critiques of case studies offered by the cultural critics as evidence that scientific results tell us more about social contextthan they do about the natural world. Pulling no punches, they identify numerous crude factual blunders (e.g. that Newton never performed any experiments) and egregious errors of omission, such as the attempt to explain the slow development of fluid dynamics solely in terms of gender bias. Wherethere are positive aspects of a flawed account, or something to be learned from it, they do not hesitate to say so. Their target is shoddy scholarship. Comprising new essays by distinguished scholars of history, philosophy, and science, this book raises a lively debate to a new level of seriousness.

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Politics often comes under criticism by people who believe it only serves the interests of society's elite. A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science is a collection of writings and fascinating case studies that argue the powerful elite also shape science. It examines the factual mistakes and errors of omission ...

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Cultural critics say that "science is politics by other means," arguing that the results of scientific inquiry are profoundly shaped by the ideological agendas of powerful elites. They base their claims on historical case studies purporting to show the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist,capitalist, colonialist, and/or professional ...

Noretta Koertge is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195117264

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Politics often comes under criticism by people who believe it only serves the interests of society's elite. A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science is a collection of writings and fascinating case studies that argue the powerful elite also shape science. It examines the factual mistakes and errors of omission people continue to believe as truth. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the real truth about science.  

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"There is no more important debate than that going on now between those who believe that the scientific approach to knowledge is at root a force for democracy and progress and those who instead believe that democracy requires for its development a repudiation of the claim that science providesa universal and rational framework for thought in favor of a broad epistemic relativism. This book captures a significant moment in this debate and should be required reading for anyone interested in the language and values we will use to shape our common future."--Lee Smolin, Pennsylvania StateUniversity