Open peer commentary on the target article “Who Conceives of Society?” by Ernst von Glasersfeld. First paragraph: I have long admired Ernst von Glasersfeld’s attempt to render rationally viable a radical constructivist epistemology. And, I have long wished to see him turn his attention more fully to issues of social interchange. The present offering moves cogently in this direction, and this is all to the good. However, immersed in the dialogues on social construction as I am, the offering also poses an array of particular problems, both intellectual and practical. I offer the following in the service of pressing forward the dialogues on knowledge, self and the social world.
Gergen K. (2008) Who Conceives of Mind? Von Glasersfeld’s Turn to Society. Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 99–100. Available at http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/3/2/099.gergen