For some years the “Science Wars” have raged in academe and in the press. Unlike the usual academic tempest in a teapot, the stakes in this controversy are high. The standing of science in our culture turns on the outcome. Will science continue to occupy a position of authority or will it be demoted to just one of many competing “voices”? Will scientific ideals of objectivity, rationality, and disinterested inquiry continue to be honored or will they be rejected as oppressive illusions?