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Open peer commentary on the target article “Who Conceives of Society?” by Ernst von Glasersfeld. First paragraph: In his article, Ernst von Glasersfeld discusses the epistemological foundations of socio-constructivism in an original manner, starting from an apparently naïve question: “Who Conceives of Society?” This question calls for a spontaneous answer, such as “The person who conceives of society is same person who conceives of the individual.” In other words: any human being. If each human is able to conceive of him or herself, that means that he or she is able to conceive of him or herself as acting, evolving, experimenting, and identifying multiple interactive relationships in the midst of multiple evolving environments. These relationships may eventually transform – and be transformed by – the human being.
Le Moigne J.-L. (2008) Who conceives of the individual? Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 69–71. http://constructivist.info/3/2/069
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