ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sokal's Hoax and Tensions in Scientific Left

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 proor anti-science which is what Sokal's position finally amounts to.

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