The Sokal Affair in Context

  title={The Sokal Affair in Context},
  author={Stephen Hilgartner},
  journal={Science, Technology \& Human Values},
  pages={506 - 522}
  • S. Hilgartner
  • Published 1 October 1997
  • Art
  • Science, Technology & Human Values
The failure to consider the Sokal affair in light of other, related episodes has contributed to a wholesale misreading of its significance. The episode has often been offered as evidence for the bankruptcy of a broad and diverse collection offields, variously referred to as cultural studies of science, sociology of science, history of science, and science and technology studies. However, when viewed in context, the Sokal affair illustrates pre cisely why social scientific and humanistic studies… 

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