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Social constructivists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Or, more provocatively, are scientific facts--is "everything"--constructed? "Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of" "Science" is a clear assessment of this critical and increasingly important debate. Andre Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues involved and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist arguments, illustrating the divide between the sociology and the philosophy of science through examples as varied as laboratory science, time, and criminality. He argues that current philosophical objections to constructivism are drastically inconclusive, while offering and developing new objections. Throughout, Kukla distinguishes between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.

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Kukla (psychology and philosophy, University of Toronto) discusses the philosophical issues that arise out of the debate surrounding social constructivism, analyzing and critiquing the various constructivist positions. He argues that current philosophical objections to constructivism are drastically inconclusive, while offering and developing new objections. In the process, he illustrates the divide between the sociology and the philosophy of science through examples as varied as laboratory science, time, and criminality.
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Are scientific "facts" constructed by scientists rather than discovered - in the same way as we construct "all" reality? This book presents a discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this controversial debate.

Synopsis:

Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it?

Andre Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist arguments and arguing that current philosophical objections to constructivism are inconclusive. However, Kukla offers and develops new objections to constructivism, distinguishing between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415234191
Author:
Kukla, Andre
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Kukla Andr
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Constructivism
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Constructivism (philosophy)
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Romantic Tradition in American Literature
Series Volume:
95-13
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
170
Dimensions:
9.14x6.18x.56 in. .67 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Are scientific "facts" constructed by scientists rather than discovered - in the same way as we construct "all" reality? This book presents a discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this controversial debate.
"Synopsis" by , Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Do we collectively invent the world rather than discover it?

Andre Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist arguments and arguing that current philosophical objections to constructivism are inconclusive. However, Kukla offers and develops new objections to constructivism, distinguishing between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.

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