functional positivism?
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 21:34:45 +0000

Suzanne Huffman writes

>The john -> Devi -> Tim discussion prompts me to ask a naive question: Would
>PCP not assert that for some individuals, the tenets of positivism are
>functional for _them_ in making meaning of _their_ world? I'll stop short of
>saying that some of my best friends are positivists, but I've run across some
>through the years who seem to be fairly decent folks.

Sure they are; not only are some of my best friends etc., but I married one
and we seem to have got along fine, (for the first 25 years anyway, he said

Moreover I'm author of a paper entitled "Do we _really_ need a new
paradigm? Come back positivism, (nearly) all is forgiven" (2nd British PCP
Conference, York, April 1990).

No, my concern isn't in making them all out to be benighted, but to marvel
at the paradox at the heart of our own lovely constructivism!

Kindest regards,

Devi Jankowicz