© 2004

Knowledge and the World: Challenges Beyond the Science Wars

  • Martin Carrier
  • Johannes Roggenhofer
  • Günter Küppers
  • Philippe Blanchard

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Martin Carrier, Johannes Roggenhofer, Günter Küppers, Philippe Blanchard
    Pages 1-15
  3. Alan Sokal, Jean Bricmont
    Pages 17-53
  4. Holm Tetens
    Pages 81-104
  5. Jean Gayon
    Pages 171-190
  6. Georg Elwert
    Pages 211-236
  7. Maurice Godelier
    Pages 237-246
  8. Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond
    Pages 247-263
  9. Jochen Hoock
    Pages 307-321
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 323-328

About this book


The fundamental question of whether, or in what sense, science informs us about the real world has pervaded the history of thought since antiquity. Is what science tells us about the world determined unambiguously by facts, or does the content of any scientific theory in some way depend on the human condition? "Sokal’s hoax" attacked the mere seriousness of post-modern views of science and shifted this controversial debate to a new level, which very quickly came to be known as "Science Wars".

"Knowledge and the World" examines and reviews the broad range of philosophical positions on this issue, extending from realism to relativism, to expound the epistemic merit of  science, and to tackle the central question: in what sense can science justifiably claim to provide a truthful portrait of reality? Challenges beyond the Science Wars are taken up by contributions of scientists, sociologists and philosophers of science, which connect perspectives of a wide variety of disciplines (including biology and cultural studies). This book addresses everyone interested in the philosophy and history of science, and in particular in the interplay between the social and natural sciences.


Moral cultural studies experience history of science knowledge natural science objectivity philosophy relativism science science wars scientific objectivity scientific realism sokal`s hoax

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Carrier
    • 1
  • Johannes Roggenhofer
    • 2
  • Günter Küppers
    • 3
  • Philippe Blanchard
    • 4
  1. 1.Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie, Abteilung PhilosophieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum für interdisziplinäre ForschungUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Wissenschafts- und TechnikforschungUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  4. 4.Fakultät für Physik, Forschungszentrum BiBoSUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Knowledge and the World: Challenges Beyond the Science Wars
  • Editors Martin Carrier
    Johannes Roggenhofer
    Günter Küppers
    Philippe Blanchard
  • Series Title The Frontiers Collection
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-21009-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-05905-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-08129-7
  • Series ISSN 1612-3018
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Social Sciences, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"This book is a collection of 14 technical essays by 15 authors … . Its main concern is discussions on (1) whether what science tells us about the universe is determined unambiguously by experimental data/facts or (2) whether scientific theory and its related experimental procedures are …dependent upon human strengths and weaknesses. … A novel feature of this volume is the inclusion of significant cultural studies and biological studies. Overall, the book is a useful source of ideas in the need of formalization." (Albert A. Mullin, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1064, 2005)