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The certainty of uncertainty : dialogues introducing constructivism

Author: Bernhard Pörksen
Publisher: Exeter : Imprint Academic, 2004.
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"This book presents the views of the founders of constructivism and modern systems theory, who are still providing cues for international scientific debate. The conversations display a kind of thinking that steers clear of rigid fixation and reveals the ideal of objectivity to be a myth. The conversations turn on the results of brain research, the breaks through of cybernetics, the linguistic determination of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Poerksen, Bernhard.
Certainty of uncertainty.
Exeter : Imprint Academic, 2004
(DLC) 2003115821
(OCoLC)53822472
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernhard Pörksen
ISBN: 9781845404703 184540470X 9781845404697 1845404696
OCLC Number: 848918429
Language Note: Translation of Die Gewissheit der Ungewissheit. Gespräche zum Konstruktivismus.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 191 pages) : portraits
Contents: Cover; Contents; Front matter; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Preface: The circular view of the world; Body matter; 1: At each and every moment, I can decide who I am; 2: We can never know what goes on in somebody else's head; 3: The knowledge of knowledge entails responsibility; 4: Truth is what works; 5: We are constructs ourselves; 6: We can never start from scratch; 7: The freedom to venture into the unknown; 8: Reality: we can only know what it is not; Back matter; About the Author; Also available.
Other Titles: Gewissheit der Ungewissheit.
Responsibility: Bernhard Poerksen ; translated by Alison Rosemary Koeck and Wolfram Karl Koeck.
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"This book presents the views of the founders of constructivism and modern systems theory, who are still providing cues for international scientific debate. The conversations display a kind of thinking that steers clear of rigid fixation and reveals the ideal of objectivity to be a myth. The conversations turn on the results of brain research, the breaks through of cybernetics, the linguistic determination of thought, and the intrinsic connection between epistemology and ethical practice." "Throughout, the central figure of the observer is examined. Constructivism thus emerges as a philosophy of possibilities that keeps generating new points of view, insists on fundamental scepticism with regard to certainties and dogmas, and provides the foundation for an ethics of perception: Each and every one of us is responsible for their view of things."--Jacket.

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