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Bounded entities, constructivist revisions and radical re-constructions

By D.M. Hosking


This article seeks clearly to distinguish constructivism and constructionism\ud and to give the reader a more extended and detailed knowledge of the latter.\ud It does so by outlining three different discourses: entitative, constructivism\ud and critical relational constructionism (CRC). In the first, relations are\ud storied as ‘going on’ between independently existing entities in Subject-\ud Object (S-O) relation. The second involves a shift from naïve to (some sort\ud of) critical realism and so blurs some S-O constructions. The third discourse\ud (CRC) is the least well known. It is the only one that reflexively treats its own\ud themes and assumptions and those of ‘science’ as constructions that could be\ud otherwise – hence the term “critical”. CRC is presented as a different\ud language game. Instead of centring relatively stable entities, minds and ‘real’\ud reality, CRC centres ongoing relational processes as they construct and\ud re-construct multiple Self - Other relations - as relational realities

Topics: critical relational constructionism, constructivism
Year: 2005
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