What’s the Fuss about Social Constructivism?

John Dupré

in Processes of Life

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691982
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738111 | DOI:
What’s the Fuss about Social Constructivism?

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This chapter explains why science is a fundamentally social activity. Not only does science involve the cooperation of many people but, more controversially, socially embedded beliefs, assumptions, and values are inscribed in the way science is done. The chapter also provides a moderate defence of social constructivism, by appeal to a thesis defended by the author for many years, that the classifications on which science is based reflect specific goals of enquiry. As implied by the dubbing of this view as promiscuous realism, this goal-relativity is not taken to deny the truth or objectivity of scientific results.

Keywords: social constructivism; promiscuous realism; classification; objectivity

Chapter.  7899 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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