Re: Hello

George Boeree (
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 13:09:30 -0500

manfred m straehle student of epistemology wrote:

> George
> Lyddon has said that their is a very fine line of decifering radical
> constructivism and phenonmenology. Can you elaborate on this?
> Thanks

To keep it simple (which is the only way I understand it anyway!),
phenomenology postulates a more immediate and non-constructed
"pre-reflective" awareness, whereas constructivism at least doesn't seem to
speak of it. In other words, there is the possibility of seeing the world
"as it is" with nothing more than your biology doing any sifting or
contrasting. If pcp postulates biological or instinctual constructs (which
in my mind is a contradiction in terms), then I suppose there is little
difference at all. For me, however, there is this simple-realist ground upon
which social and personal constructions are built, and mental health is a
matter of keeping in touch with that pre-reflective ground and not reifying
our constructions. Constructions should be understood as useful fictions,
not as truth. Actually, I think Kelly said something to that effect!