Re: Kelly is too cognitive???

David Vogel (
Tue, 9 Feb 1999 17:27:48 -0500

Simply put, the key thing to remember is that Kelly knew scientists.

Kelly was a scientist and he knew many scientists quite well. Surely he
knew that scientists were not overwhelming "cognitive." The metaphor
reaches in both directions, it is a statement about "everyman" but it is
also a statement about scientists. Scientists may try to appear
"impersonal" hiding their "personality" with phrases like "it was the
purpose of this study," but his theory makes it clear that he attributed
what we call "feelings" to scientists. It is this "submerged" aspect of
his metaphor which gives PCT its "post modern" look.

It is the very incongruity of the metaphor, which disturbs many of us even
today, that gives it its power to shake up our constructions of both "man"
and "scientist."