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Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science (Philosophical Issues in Science) 1st Edition

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Andre Kukla is Professor of Psychology and of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

Andre Kukla is Professor of Psychology and of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.
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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415234190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415234191
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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. Otherwise, one might not fully appreciate or even understand why Kukla takes such issue with the nuance of definition in his treatment of constructivism. In all frankness, it is as dry as any academic philosophical work before it has been. One suggestion would be to use of headers in some of the moderately longer chapters to help re-affix the reader to the text and author's stance throughout the book. For these reasons, the book lost 1 star.

However, the four star rating reflects the fact that Kukla has done a thorough job of addressing various off-shoots of the nascent idea of constructionism and its development in modern times. I appreciate that when he has solid examples, he pulls them from numerous different disciplines rather than a single obscure area (like other philosophers). His explanations are very thoroughly articulated. I particularly liked the manner in which - in Chapter 13 - he delved into the problems with time for the causal constructionist.

A good read for those that are interested - from an academic perspective - in better understanding this emerging strain of thought.
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