Introduction from Padua 2 - The Revenge!

Massimo Giliberto (
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 21:41:53 +0100

Dear PCP Group,
I would like to say sorry for my first introduction: it was not
complete and incorrect. There were two problems: I am rather green
when it comes to the internet and its programs; English isn't my daily
language. An abominable chronicle! I was preparing my introduction
(first draft) when, unasked, it was sent. A computer dirty trick,
obviously! I would like to complete my presentation, now, trusting in
your benevolence.

I am still Massimo Giliberto - I haven't changed my name in the
meantime. I live and work in Padua, like a few days ago. I haven't
been banished from the city yet!
I am currently working on the relationship between common sense (naive
psychological theories) and psychology, from a radical constructivist
point of view. I believe that Kelly has overturned the common academic
views of this relationship. He has given us the possibility to
consider the theories of the "man in the street" with respect, without
rejecting them as being "different". Knowing knowledge necessitates
recognising a relationship between scientific and naive psychological
theories. This epistemological awareness has practical and ethical
consequences. For example, the tendency of psychologists to think of
themselves as possessing "true knowledge" and of others as mere
phenomena is ethically significant. To be precise, it is anti-ethical.
I consider this to be an important area of research.
However, I have found no material in the Constructivist bibliography
which deals specifically with this argument. Can any of you suggest
where I might find such material?
Hoping that my computer has not already sent the un-corrected version
of this introduction, I await your kind suggestions.

Massimo Giliberto