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Constructivism and Practice: Toward a Historical Epistemology

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Over the past several decades, philosophers have grown to recognize the role played by frameworks and models in the construction of human knowledge. Further, they have paid increasing attention to the origins of knowing processes in social and historical contexts of human practical activities, and to social transformation of the frameworks over time. In a series of original essays by prominent philosophers, Constructivism and Practice advances the understanding of the role of construction and model creation, ...

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Overview

Over the past several decades, philosophers have grown to recognize the role played by frameworks and models in the construction of human knowledge. Further, they have paid increasing attention to the origins of knowing processes in social and historical contexts of human practical activities, and to social transformation of the frameworks over time. In a series of original essays by prominent philosophers, Constructivism and Practice advances the understanding of the role of construction and model creation, reflects on the relationship of these models to social practices, and considers whether our modes of knowing themselves have a history. These questions are thoughtfully considered in the light of the "historical epistemology" first developed by Marx Wartofsky.

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Peter Caws
This extraordinarily rich collection of essays, many of them strikingly original contributions in their own right, owes its inspiration to the work of Marx Wartofsky. Constructivism and Practice is an intellectual feast, lively and rewarding, and deserves a wide readership.
Alisdair MacIntyre
Marx Wartofsky was a splendid philosopher and these essays not only remind us how splendid he was, but continue our conversation with him in a variety of insightful ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742512658
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol C. Gould is professor of philosophy at the Stevens Institute of Technology and adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Knowledge and Social Practice
1 The Construction of Knowledge 3
2 Different Worlds, History, and Progress 17
Pt. II Language, Truth, and Modes of Representation
3 Dialogue as Praxis: Philosophical Hermeneutics, Historical Epistemology, and Truth 33
4 A Distinction Too Few or Too Many? A Vindication of the Analytic vs. Synthetic Distinction 47
5 Aspects, Object, and Representations 75
6 Representation in Art and Science 91
Pt. III Science and the Construction of Knowledge
7 The Idea of Quantity at the Origin of the Legitimacy of Mathematization in Physics 109
8 "Critical Realism": Wartofsky and Bhaskar 137
Pt. IV Art in Social Context
9 Art as Reflective Praxis: On Marx Wartofsky's Historical Materialist Aesthetics 153
10 A Sketch of Historical Aesthetics 167
11 Reflection and Pleasure in the Aesthetics of Marx Wartofsky 181
12 Photography and Vision 187
13 Why Is Architecture a "Social" Art? 193
Pt. V Constructivism, Praxis, and Social Philosophy
14 The Marxian Concept of Praxis 207
15 Marx, the Jewish Question, and the Invention of the Proletariat 215
16 Practiced Economies: From Marx to Marx 229
17 The Mind's Eye and the Hand's Brain: On Wartofsky's Philosophy of Medicine 243
Index 259
About the Contributors 269
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