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49 issues
719 authors
1,276 scholarly texts
5,599 pages
15,122 readers

Constructivist Foundations (CF) is an international peer-reviewed e-journal focusing on the multidisciplinary study of the scientific and philosophical foundations and applications of constructivism and related disciplines. The journal promotes constructivist discourse, i.e., interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among researchers and theorists working in a great number of diverse fields including: Artificial Intelligence · Biology · Cognitive Science · Communication Science · Computer Science · Educational Research · Ethics · Linguistics · Mathematics · Media Studies · Neuroscience · Philosophy · Psychotherapy · Sociology.

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Constructivist approaches covered in the journal include:
4E Cognition · Autopoietic Systems · Biology of Cognition · Constructionism · Enaction/Enactivism · First-Person Research · Neurophenomenology · Non-Dualizing Philosophy · Operative Constructivism · Personal Construct Psychology · Radical Constructivism · Second-Order Cybernetics.

Constructivist Foundations appears three times a year and is available free of charge to its registered readers. Papers are published in an appealing format ready to be printed by the reader. Even though the journal is predominantly distributed electronically our policy is to never change the content after publication to allow for reliable citations in terms of volume, number, and page. The URLs of article pages are permanent and short, following the general format http://constructivist.info/volume/number/page

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Constructivist Foundations board member and author Klaus Krippendorff passed away on 10 October 2022, at the age of 90. At the time of his passing, Klaus was Gregory Bateson Professor Emeritus of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. As a former student of Ross Ashby, Klaus made an enormous contribution to constructivist approaches. In his writings about trivial and nontrivial machines, cognition, the accountability of observers, self-organizing systems, and the way humans inhabit language, Klaus elucidated and expanded on the second-order cybernetics of Heinz von Foerster, the radical constructivism of Ernst von Glasersfeld, and Maturana and Varela’s theory of autopoiesis and biology of cognition. He was not only a brilliant scholar, but a generous and inspirational mentor to his students, who carry on his ideas in their own work. His love of life, energy, and desire to advance communication as the principal way of being in the world has forever changed those who have encountered him, even if briefly. He will be dearly missed.

Indexing and Ranking

According to Scimago Journal & Country Rank (2020), Constructivist Foundations is a leading journal (Q1) in Philosophy, and a Q2 in History and Philosophy of Science as well as in Multidisciplinary Research.

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Aims and Scope

> See also the Editorial of the Initial Issue (PDF) and What are constructivist approaches?

Constructivist approaches support the idea that mental structures such as cognition and perception are actively built by one’s mind rather than passively acquired. However, constructivist approaches vary in function of how much influence they attribute to constructions.

Many assume a dualistic relationship between reality and constructed elements. They maintain that constructed mental structures gradually adapt to the structures of the real world (e.g., Piaget). In this view perception is the pickup of information controlled by the mental structure that is constructed from earlier perceptions (e.g., Neisser). This leads to the claim that mental structures are about learning sensorimotor contingencies (e.g., O’Regan).

Others seek to avoid the dualistic position. Either they skeptically reject that the structures of the real world can be compared with mental ones, independently of the senses through which the mental structures were constructed in the first place (e.g., von Glasersfeld), or they embrace a phenomenological perspective that considers perception as the grouping of experiential complexes (e.g., Mach).

All these approaches emphasize the primacy of the cognitive system (e.g., Llinás) and its organizational closure (e.g., von Foerster, Maturana). Hence, perceived patterns and regularities may be regarded as invariants of inborn cognitive operators (e.g., Diettrich).

Constructivist approaches can be said to differ also with respect to whether constructs are considered to populate the rational-linguistic (e.g., von Glasersfeld, Schmidt) or the biological-bodily (“enactivist/embodied” theories, e.g., Varela).