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ALEKSANDROWICZ, Ana Maria C.. The extent of imposture. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.4, pp.893-902. ISSN 1678-4464.

This paper comments on Sokal and Bricmont's stance towards interdisciplinarity approaches between the human and natural sciences, as stated in their controversial book Impostures Intellectuelles (Fashionable Nonsense) (1999). It happens that interdisciplinarity is a subject of major importance to "new paradigms" in Public Health. First, the paper identifies different types of interaction between these "two cultures", such as transdisciplinary trends and the "Science Wars", and emphasizes their unproductive aspects. Second, it proposes a revaluation of pragmatism as a suitable way of including philosophical considerations in interdisciplinary Public Health research, exemplified by a correlation between the ideas of Henri Atlan (1991) and notions of risk theory (or model).

Keywords : Philosophy; Human Sciencies; Natural Sciences.

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