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Dialectics in Action, World at Stake. Review of “Bridges to the World. A Dialogue on the Construction of Knowledge, Education, and Truth” by David Kenneth Johnson & Matthew R. Silliman

Bart Van Kerkhove

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Upshot: This is a deceptively profound, compact book that can be inscribed in the grand tradition of philosophical dialogue. It confronts naive realism and radical constructivism, arriving at a seemingly workable conciliatory position.


Van Kerkhove B. (2011) Dialectics in action, world at stake. Review of “bridges to the world. A dialogue on the construction of knowledge, education, and truth” by david kenneth johnson & matthew r. Silliman. Constructivist Foundations 7(1): 78–80. http://constructivist.info/7/1/078

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Bayard P. (2007) How to talk about books you haven’t read. Granta Books, London. Originally published in French as: Bayard P. (2007) Comment parler des livres qu’on n’a pas lus? Les Éditions du Minuit, Paris. << Google Scholar

Gash H. (2010) Realities in radical constructivism. Commentary on Johnson’s ‘Footprints in the sand’. Constructivist Foundations 6(1): 100–101. Available at http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/6/1/100.gash

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