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The Digital Scholar: Philosopher's Lab

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2018

Ilya T. Kasavin
Pages 37-41

Practical roots of social constructionism

This paper discusses the practical roots of social constructionism, interpreting a social construction as an aggregate of social roles. The author substantiates the argument that this theory partly results from psychological practices as such. The study of an individual subject self-report leads to the formation of a specific set of texts that contains objectified descriptions of mental states, yet not a subject. Consequently, the author defines subjectivity as a function of the speaker’s relations to the spoken, what actually constructs its content. The function of the relation to a certain set of propositions can build up standpoints in a variety of communities, including scientific ones.

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