The Death of Objectivism: Constructivism and Implication

  • John G. Fitch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter discusses objectivism as associated particularly with Descartes and Newton, and later with Logical Positivism. It argues that objectivism, with its rigid separation between the observer and the observed world, was inimical to the poetry of knowledge. It then traces the death of objectivism in the twentieth century, and its replacement by various forms of constructivism, i.e. the belief that any observation is a construction, made from a certain viewpoint. This situation re-opens the possibility of a poetry of knowledge.


Objectivism Descartes Newton Logical Positivism Constructivism Science Wars 


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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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