Dialectics in Spaces of Validation

Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226297934
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226297958 | DOI:
Dialectics in Spaces of Validation

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This chapter shows the whole complex of understanding constituting processes as taking place within a space of validation. It allows for an integrative imagery for the social, doxic, and referential environments of understandings. Recognitions, corroborations, and resonances are the recurring process dynamics. Spaces of validation can be seen as meeting grounds of interfering forces. Together they validate and thus actualize certain understandings for an interconnected network of people within a particular experiential and mnemonic environment. They thereby constitute people's selves, agency, and identity, and ultimately the institutional fabric of the society. The spatial metaphor also enables to imagine the historical transformation of understandings, for example, from a mere “hypothesis,” “assumption,” or “hunch” to esteemed “knowledge,” “fact,” or “belief” and back to regretful “error,” “misunderstanding,” or “wishful thinking” as movements toward or away from the biographical axis. The validation model emphasizes a distinct way in which human beings and their social lives are inextricably intertwined.

Keywords: validation; space; understanding; social; historical transformation

Chapter.  17463 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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