Re: "Reality"

Jones, John WEN (
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 13:21

From: Mancuso, James C.
To: pcp
Subject: Re: "Reality"
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 1996 12:53PM

Robin Hill wrote:
> My colleagues and I often discuss this notion of reality, and at the
> end of it we agree on one concept.....
> I'm off on holiday for a few weeks, so this rather facetious remark
> is my way of ending the year and departing from my office.
> A number of list members asked for copies of a monograph I wrote.
> I have sent copies to about half of those who asked. I have not
> forgotten the rest of you. I have a pile of them sitting on my office
> awaiting to be packaged and sent. Will do so as soon as I can.
> Best wishes
> Dr. Robin Hill
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Almost like, "You mean there is no chair there????"

> However, what would be the difference [insofar as outcome] between
>saying, "Real bullets," and saying "Everything in my construction system
>allows me to speak of a construction which I will label with the
>signifier BULLETS?"
> Then, to push the point: What would be the difference between saying,
>"The evidence shows that there ARE REALLY INFERIOR RACES," and saying
>"Everything in my construct system allows me to speak of INFERIOR
Jim Mancuso

Alright, now this is starting to click for me a little. From a
constructivist perspective, one of the problems with objectivist knowledge
claims is the idea of "evidence." If we try to focus on just what is labled
as "evidence", then we are missing the boat on HOW the so called evidence is
being construed. In fact, that something is construed as "evidence" depends
upon the construction system that labels it so. Consequently, dialogue
involves interacting construct systems (sociality corollary).

Vic Jones

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