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Deterding S. (2011) Hitting the Straw Man, Missing the Parade. Review of “Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism” by Paul Boghossian. Constructivist Foundations 6(2): 278–281. Fulltext at
Upshot: During the late 1990s’ “Science Wars,” the concept of “social construction” was hotly debated between postmodernist scholars and realist scientists. In this context, Paul Boghossian delivers a concise critique of a Rortyan constructivism. Yet in doing so, he excludes the majority of constructivisms and relativisms from his analysis, fails to engage in the existing literature on those arguments he analyses, and, occasionally, misreads his opponents.


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