Volume 9 · Number 2 · Pages 262–264
Constructing Models of Ethical Knowledge: A Scientific Enterprise

Leslie P. Steffe

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Open peer commentary on the article “Ethics: A Radical-constructivist Approach” by Andreas Quale. Upshot: The first of my two main goals in this commentary is to establish thinking of ethics as concepts rather than as non-cognitive knowledge. The second is to argue that establishing models of individuals’ ethical concepts is a scientific enterprise that is quite similar to establishing models of individuals’ mathematical concepts. To accomplish these two primary goals, I draw from my experience of working scientifically with von Glasersfeld for 25 years while he was developing radical constructivism as a coherent model of knowing, and appeal to several of his basic insights to establish constructing models of ethical concepts as a scientific enterprise.


Steffe L. P. (2014) Constructing models of ethical knowledge: A scientific enterprise. Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 262–264. http://constructivist.info/9/2/262

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