Phenomenalism and its analogue

FJ Hibberd

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The similarities between social constructionism and logical positivism, and the
former's ignorance of these, are not confined to semantic matters. In this chapter, some epistemological likenesses are identified. In fact, the semantic connections between logical positivism and social constructionism have their roots in a shared epistemological assumption. The epistemic base of logical positivism (in its reconstruction of scientific knowledge) incorporates an ill-conceived anti-realism, a component of the Kantian philosophy which it struggled to relinquish. The failure of social constructionist metatheory involves a similar anti-realist path. It draws conclusions with which, shorn of their modem-day flavour, Kant would not have disagreed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnfolding social constructionism
EditorsMan Cheung Chung
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780387229751
ISBN (Print)9780387229744
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHistory and Philosophy of Psychology


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