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Stephen Downes

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Through the 1970s and 1980s the philosophy of science made a much-heralded shift away from the objectivity of logical positivism and embraced a constructivist approached, spurred by people like Thomas Kuhn, Bas van Fraassen and Nelson Goodman. In education this development was reflected in the philosophy of constructivism, a process of learning where each of us creates (if you will) our own world view. But what grounds this? In this paper, Sandy Boucher and Curtis Forbes document what they call 'the pragmatic turn': "embracing a potentially progressive alternative, trying to establish that one amongst several competing doctrines is the best for her, or me, or you, or someone else, given their values and practical context." Also in PhilPapers. Image: Ryan's Outline of Philosophy.

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