Publication 6139

Schmidt S. J. (2019) A future of constructivism. In: Hug T., Mitterer J. & Schorner M. (eds.) Radikaler Konstruktivismus, Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft. Ernst von Glasersfeld (1917–2010). Innsbruck University Press, Innsbruck: 431–442. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/6139
In recent years constructivism has been increasingly confronted with severe criticism concerning a number of weaknesses in its argumentation: \\– constructivism draws upon the reliability of empirical neurobiological findings\\– it is fixated on individuals and thus disregards the relevance of language, culture and society for reasoning and action\\– the clarification of the concept of construction is deficient\\– constructivism is fixated on cognition and thus underestimates the relevance of (joint) action\\– it disregards the relevance of emotions in processes of cognition and action\\– its epistemology is still dualistic as it maintains the distinction between a constructed reality and a reality inaccessible to cognition (the German words “Wirklichkeit” and “Realität” reflect this distinction) and the differentiation of language and language-independent reality. \\Such weaknesses should henceforth be avoided by a consistent consideration of the observer resulting in a strict non-dualistic process-orientation in describing cognition, communication and action in a framework of culture, narratives and discourses.

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