Volume 13 · Number 1 · Pages 81–83
On the Second-Person Method: Considering the Diversity and Modes of Subjects’s Descriptions

Susanne Ravn

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Open peer commentary on the article “Varela’s Radical Proposal: How to Embody and Open Up Cognitive Science” by Kristian Moltke Martiny. Upshot: Varela’s description of how first-, second- and third-person positions are inserted in a network of social exchange forms a central ground for using a second-person position as a mediator in a phenomenological exploration of lived experiences. Based on Martiny’s arguments that we should expand the notion of the lab, I suggest that the fundamental circularity of the scientist and the first-person experiences investigated needs to be considered in an extended form when involving a second-person method taking place in the conditions of the world of everyday life.


Ravn S. (2017) On the second-person method: Considering the diversity and modes of subjects’s descriptions. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 81–83. http://constructivist.info/13/1/081

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