Re: Constructs and constructions

Lois Shawver (
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 09:04:56 -0800 (PST)


It does seem to me that the "construction of constructs" in the
contextual moment does address the question of the apparent
situation-specificity of our constructs. As you describe it, it gives me
the imagery of the person (implicitly) shuffling through a huge pool of
constructs and pulling from those a selection to use in the contextual
moment. Is that the imagery? If not, perhaps you can correct me.

But if the imagery is more or less appropate, let me ask, in the case
of the instant reconstruction of constructs, do you want to reach outside
of the person for contextual variables to study how it is that the person
selects these particular constructs from the available pool? And are
these contextual variables ever the language that the person is listening
to at the moment? I am just looking for a way, in Gadamer's terms, to fuse
your horizon with my own.

..Lois Shawver