Higher Superstition

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Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
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Author Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt
Country United States
Language English
Subject Philosophy of science
Published 1994 (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Media type Print
ISBN 0-8018-5707-4

Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science is a book by biologist Paul R. Gross and mathematician Norman Levitt, published in 1994.


Levitt states he is a leftist trying to save the "academic left" from itself by exposing misuses and abuses of science to advance political goals.


The book inspired the Sokal hoax, in which Alan Sokal published a bogus paper to a postmodernist journal that did not peer-review submissions.[1]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Dawkins, Richard (2007-04-01). "Postmodernism Disrobed". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 

Related texts[edit]

  • Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt, Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels With Science (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). ISBN 0-8018-5707-4
  • The Editors of Lingua Franca eds., et al., The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000). ISBN 0-8032-7995-7
  • Noretta Koertge, ed., A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998). ISBN 0-19-511726-3
  • Paul R. Gross, Norman Levitt, and Martin W. Lewis, The Flight from Science and Reason (New York: New York Academy of Sciences, 1997). ISBN 0-8018-5676-0
  • James Robert Brown Who Rules in Science: An Opinionated Guide to the Wars (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001). ISBN 0-674-00652-6
  • Ian Hacking, The Social Construction of What (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1999). ISBN 0-674-00412-4
  • Norton Wise, "The Enemy Without. The Enemy Within: A Review of Gross and Levitt, Higher Superstition" Isis 87 (1996).

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