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Type: Conference paper
Title: Under the Sheep’s Tale and Other Realist Tales: a bottom-line argument on the realist/relativist debate
Author: Kaye, John Desmond
Citation: 8th Annual Meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, 25-28 April, 2002 / R. Onorato; M. Augoustinos; R Boeckmann (eds.)
Issue Date: 2002
Conference Name: Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. Meeting (8th : 2002 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: The realism/relativism debate - one which simmers I unresolved in the philosophy of science - has been reignited in a recent 2001 issue of the journal, History of the Human Sciences. In psychology, it has been embedded in the Potter/Parker debate - both of whom employ extreme form arguments to undermine the other's position and assert their own. In doing so, they construct a dualism implying an "essential" epistemological irreconcilability without specifying the form of relativism/realism to which they are referring. In this talk, drawing inter alia on the writings of Quine, von Bertalanffy, Bruner and Gergen, the author proposes a dialogic position that dissolves the dualism and discusses the implications for psychological knowledge and critical research.
Description: The abstract of the following paper is published on page 122 of the following (see DOI below): Australian Journal of Psychology, Volume 54, Issue 2 August 2002 , pages 110 - 135
RMID: 0020076571
DOI: 10.1080/00049530210001706583
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