On Constructivist Epistemology

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In his book On Foundationalism, Tom Rockmore reviewed the efforts to develop a cogent form of foundational realism and concluded that the doctrine is no longer viable and should be abandoned. In On Constructivist Epistemology, Rockmore expounds upon the idea of "constructivism" as introduced at the end of On Foundationalism. On Constructivist Epistemology belongs to an ongoing effort to call attention to the resources of a modern epistemological approach, which is focused in Kant and which is followed up virtually throughout the later debate. Rockmore traces the idea of constructivism and then proposes the outlines of an original constructivist approach to knowledge, building on the work of such thinkers as Hobbes, Vico, and Kant

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Editorial Reviews

March 2008 Review Of Metaphysics
This book provides a spirited defense and elaboration of Epistemological Constructivism, or EC.
March 2008 Review of Metaphysics
This book provides a spirited defense and elaboration of Epistemological Constructivism, or EC.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742543201
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Rockmore is professor of philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 On Realism and Constructivism Chapter 2 Realism, Anti-Realism, and Knowledge Chapter 3 Realism and Other Approaches to Knowledge Chapter 4 On Direct Realism and Justifying Claims to Know Chapter 5 On Indirect, or Representational, Realism and Knowledge Chapter 6 Kant, Representationalism, and Constructivism Part 7 On Forms of Constructivism Chapter 8 What is Constructivism? Chapter 9 On Hobbes, Vico, and Classical Modern Constructivism Chapter 10 Kantian Constructivism Chapter 11 German Idealism and Historical Constructivism Chapter 12 Recent Forms of Constructivism Part 13 Thick Subjectivity Chapter 14 Toward a New Beginning Chapter 15 Cognitive Subjectivity: "Thick," "Thin," or "Null"? Chapter 16 The "Null" Subject: Heidegger, Foucault, and Postmodernism Chapter 17 Foundationalism and Thin Subjectivity Chapter 18 An Epistemological Subject? Chapter 19 Idealized Subjectivity Chapter 20 Thin Subjectivity? Chapter 21 Is There a Unified Subject? Chapter 22 Thin Subjectivity All Alone? Chapter 23 Subjectivity and Knowledge: A Proteron Histeron? Chapter 24 Thick Subjectivity? Chapter 25 Thick Subjectivity Again: Descartes and Vico Chapter 26 Thick Subjectivity and the "Existential" Turn Chapter 27 Thick Subjectivity, the French Revolution, and German Idealism Chapter 28 Cartesian Theory of Knowledge? Part 29 Thick Subjectivity and Knowledge as Contextual Chapter 30 The Subject-Object Dichotomy Chapter 31 Psychologism vs. Anti-Psychologism Chapter 32 Social Justification, Truth, and Knowledge Chapter 33 Realism and Knowledge as Appearance Chapter 34 Protagorean Relativism Again Chapter 35 Objective Cognition? Chapter 36 Realism vs. a Social Approach to Theories and Facts Chapter 37 Constraints on Social Justification Chapter 38 The Social Subject: Singular or Plural? Part 39 Knowledge as Historical Chapter 40 Science: Interpretation, Certainty, and History Chapter 41 Knowledge as Historical Chapter 42 Is Science Historical? Chapter 43 Science as Historical and Objective Cognition Chapter 44 Is Mathematics Historical? Chapter 45 Philosophy and the History of Philosophy Chapter 46 Philosophy as Historical? Part 47 Social Platonism? Social Reason, Social Relevance, and Social Responsibility Chapter 48 Socrates, Plato and Social Platonism Chapter 49 Philosophical Doubts about Social Platonism Chapter 50 Kant as a Modern Platonist Chapter 51 Renewed Doubts about Social Platonism: Hegel, Marx, and Postmodernism Chapter 52 Neo-Kantianism and Social Relevance Chapter 53 Philosophy as Relevant, Intellectuals as Responsible

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