Volume 6 · Number 1 · Pages 100–101
Realities in Radical Constructivism. Commentary on Johnson’s “Footprints in the Sand”

Hugh Gash

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Abstract

Context: Johnson argues that because radical constructivism requires social constraints and therefore ontological assumptions, it is no different from constructive realism, which is comparatively mainstream. Results: While the distinction between these approaches appears slim, our concepts are not independent of us, and may need to change in spite of established traditions. Implications: Perhaps radical constructivism cannot be mainstream because it is essentially concerned with epistemological origins of concepts and consequently is not practical enough for the received consensus.

Key words: epiphany, reality, social, testimony

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Gash H. (2010) Realities in radical constructivism. Commentary on johnson’s “footprints in the sand”. Constructivist Foundations 6(1): 100–101. http://constructivist.info/6/1/100

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