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Foundations of Science

, Volume 6, Issue 1–3, pp 1–30 | Cite as

Towards a Radical Constructivist Understanding of Science

  • Alexander Riegler
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Abstract

Constructivism is the idea thatwe construct our own world rather than it beingdetermined by an outside reality. Its mostconsistent form, Radical Constructivism (RC),claims that we cannot transcend ourexperiences. Thus it doesn't make sense to saythat our constructions gradually approach thestructure of an external reality. The mind isnecessarily an epistemological solipsist, incontrast to being an ontological solipsist whomaintains that this is all there is, namely asingle mind within which the only world exists.RC recognizes the impossibility of the claimthat the world does not exist. Yet, RC has thepotential to go much further. I claim that RCprovides the foundation of a new world-view inwhich we can overcome hard scientific problems.Thus, the paper is urging us to carry RCfurther, not just on philosophical grounds, butalso into the domain of science.

epistemology instrumentalism scientific realism solipsism truth 

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  • Alexander Riegler
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  1. 1.CLEAVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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