Social constructionism and the problems of constructive approach in epistemology

Vladislav A. Lek­tors­ki
Insti­tute of Phi­los­o­phy, Russ­ian Acad­e­my of Sci­ences

Social con­struc­tion­ism and the prob­lems of con­struc­tive approach in epis­te­mol­o­gy

Abstract. The paper con­sid­ers the place of social con­struc­tion­ism in a broad­er con­text of epis­te­mo­log­i­cal con­struc­tivism, as well as the views that the for­mer holds on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the human sci­ences. The author gives some crit­i­cism on the social con­struc­tion­ism and argues that con­struct­ed objects (both mate­r­i­al and ide­al) are able to move away from their cre­ator and start liv­ing an actu­al inde­pen­dent life. The paper advo­cates the con­struc­tive real­ism stand­point.  

Key­words: con­struc­tivism, social con­struc­tion­ism, real­ism, rel­a­tivism.



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