Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

by Andre Kukla, Andra(c) Kukla, Andr Kukla
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415234190

ISBN-13: 9780415234191

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it?
André Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this debate, analysing the various strengths and

Overview

Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it?
André Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist arguments and arguing that current philosophical objections to constructivism are inconclusive. However, Kukla offers and develops new objections to constructivism, distinguishing between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415234191
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; 1. Defining Constructivism; 2. Constructivism and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge; 3. The Varieties of Dependence; 4. The Varieties of Constitutive Constructivisms; 5. The Empirical Case for Constructivism; 6. The A Priori Case for Constructivism; 7. Three Brief and Inadequate Objections to Constructivism; 8. The Problem of Misrepresentation; 9. Constructive Empiricism and Social Constructivism; 10. The Infinite Regress of Constructions; 11. The Duhemian Asymmetry; 12. The Problem of the Two Societies; 13. Constructivism and Time; 14. Constructivism and Logic; 15. Relativism; 16. Semantic Constructivism; 17. Irrationalism; 18. Conclusions; References; Index

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