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Sokal's Hoax and Tensions in Scientific Left
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 32, No. 35 (Aug. 30 - Sep. 5, 1997), pp. 2194-2196
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4405784
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Though apparently an attack on a specific genre of writing in the social sciences, i e, the post-modernist one, the focus of Alan Sokal's hoax extends over the entire methodological debate in science, natural and social. It also extends over the entire range of science critiques that seek to reinterpret the canons of mainstream modern science. However, these critiques of science, it is argued here, cannot simply be pushed into the political left or right nor can they be interpreted as pro- or anti-science - which is what Sokal's position finally amounts to.
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