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"Bridges to the World is an engaging introduction to metaphysically and epistemo-logically deep issues such as realism, anti-realism, constructivism, and skepticism. The dialogue format is lively, and a welcome departure from the usual textbook format. The use of conversation to convey philosophical ideas reminds us that philosophy is, essentially, a shared, interpersonal enterprise."
Nancy Snow, Philosophy, Marquette University
"Johnson and Silliman deftly and respectfully call into question the philosophy and pedagogy of Ernst von Glasersfeld's radical constructivism. Referencing great thinkers such as Kant, Descartes, Berkeley, Dewey, and others, the book chal-lenges our thinking on important questions such as: Is there really anything to know without a knower? Are students' knowledge-maps appropriate means of exploring the terrain? This is a must read for all educators."
Warren Blumenfeld, Education, Iowa State University
Bridges to the World is a perfect primer on the realist-constructivist debates that have pervaded academia for over 25 years. The conversational format gives the essentials in fun, readily digestible form, without sacrificing philosophical nutri-tion. David Johnson and Matthew Silliman demonstrate just how all of us can (and moreover should) rightly consider ourselves to be philosophers in respect to our everyday, taken-for-granted views about the all-important matters of reality, truth, and knowledge.
Barbara S. Held, Psychology, Bowdoin College