Volume 16 · Number 3 · Pages 347–349
A Biased “Radical” or a False Choice?

James W. Davis

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Open peer commentary on the article “Materialism and Selection Bias: Political Psychology from a Radical Constructivist Perspective” by Björn Goldstein. Abstract: Björn Goldstein maintains that mainstream political psychology is biased by a materialist ontology, a position he contrasts with radical constructivism. I argue that the emergent field of behavioral epigenetics upends the conventional opposition of materialist and ideational ontologies and thus offers a more radical and creative perspective on political psychology.


Davis J. W. (2021) A biased “radical” or a false choice? Constructivist Foundations 16(3): 347–349. https://constructivist.info/16/3/347

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