Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

André Kukla


Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

  • Title: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science
  • Author: André Kukla
  • ISBN: 9780415234191
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback



Social constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them Is reality constructed by our own activity Or, provocatively, are scientific facts constructed Is everything constructed This is a discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this controversial debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses ofSocial constructionists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them Is reality constructed by our own activity Or, provocatively, are scientific facts constructed Is everything constructed This is a discussion of the philosophical issues that arise out of this controversial debate, analysing the various strengths and weaknesses of a range of constructivist positions The author argues that contemporary philosophical objections to constructivism are drastically inconclusive, while offering and developing objections He shows that the strongest constructivist arguments still suffer from conceptual difficulties, illustrating the divide between the sociology and the philosophy of science through examples as varied as laboratory science, time, and criminality Throughout, the book distinguishes between the social causes of scientific beliefs and the view that all ascertainable facts are constructed.


Recent Comments "Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science"

I pulled this off the shelf at Columbia.This is not a beginners book on Social Constructivism and probably should be read with a bit of existing background in the discourse which surrounds it. It is as dry as any academic book before it has been. Moreover, it lacks the use of headers in some of the chapters, that might help to simplify an understanding of the author's stance throughout the book (hence the loss of 1 star). However, the four star rating reflects the fact that Kukla has done a fair [...]

Disappointing read - 1*Too heavy for a primary education degree. I picked up this book (electronically) to develop my understanding for my presentation on 'how children learn science?' I found it too focused on philosophy and the argument between psychologists and social scientists (?). I don't even know and I've skim read this book.Too dry for me.


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