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Upshot: Egner’s suggestion that a theory of observation should be developed towards a more abstract concept in order to apply it to any autopoietic system is plausible from the point of a general systems theory. However, this strategy of theorizing is not suited to solving epistemological problems in particular because such a broad concept fails to specify constructivism as a strictly observer-related philosophy. Nassehi’s search for a third way between constructivism and realism, in turn, presumes a too narrow and biased concept of constructivism and is therefore not suited to solving the epistemological problem for which constructivism has been developed.
Key words: Systems theory, epistemology, radical constructivism, social systems
Scholl A. (2012) Author’s response: What constructivism does not say. Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 15–18. http://constructivist.info/8/1/015
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