Publication 5378

Raskin J. D. & Debany A. E. (2018) The inescapability of ethics and the impossibility of “anything goes”: A constructivist model of ethical meaning making. Journal of Constructivist Psychology 31(4): 343–360. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/5378
A constructivist model of ethical meaning making is developed. The effort begins by distinguishing three versions of constructivist theory – personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism. Then, the following four premises of an integrated constructivist perspective are presented: (a) People are informationally closed systems, (b) people are active meaning makers, (c) people are social beings, and (d) people construe epistemologically and ontologically. These premises are used to examine and counter criticisms that portray constructivism as endorsing an “anything goes” relativism. This clears a space for the development of a constructivist model of ethical meaning making, outlined in the final section of the article. This model is rooted in personal construct psychology, but is also influenced by radical constructivism and social constructionism. Reprinted from: Raskin J. D. & Debany A. E. (2012) The inescapability of ethics and the impossibility of “anything goes”: A constructivist model of ethical meaning-making. In: Cipolletta S. & Gius E. (eds.) Ethics in action: Dialogue between knowledge and practice. LED, Milan Italy: 13–32

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