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Can Dichotomies Be Tamed?

Ernst von Glasersfeld

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Abstract

Purpose: The notion of dichotomy is central to Josef Mitterer’s work and he uses the term as a portmanteau. My paper characterizes the specific dichotomies he describes, uses C. K. Ogden’s work on “Opposition” to classify them, and reviews attempts to overcome incompatible oppositions in other disciplines. Approach: Conceptual analysis in an attempt to show some of the conceptual differences in the various types of opposition. A “sampler” indicates possible divisions. Findings: From the constructivist point of view, the notion of dichotomy is a complex one and must be divided into separate types, not all of which can be discarded in rational discourse. Implications: From this author’s perspective, Mitterer’s publications present a powerful stand against the tradition of realism and lead one to hope that his next will be a primer of non-dualistic discourse.

Key words: oppositions, paradoxes, mathematical abstractions, Schrödinger’s cat, ontological agnosticism, Charles Kay Ogden

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Glasersfeld E. von (2008) Can dichotomies be tamed? Constructivist Foundations 3(3): 123–126. http://constructivist.info/3/3/123

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