Constructing Realism: Seven Moves (Plus or Minus A Couple)

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This paper offers some constructionist comments on Greenwoods (1992) realist argument. It describes seven rhetorical moves which sustain its plausibility and coherence: (1) construct constructionism as simple; (2) avoid empirical studies of science; (3) treat the nature of description as self-evident; (4) reconstruct scientific practice in terms of logic, inference and deductive structure; (5) elide everyday and technical concepts; (6) replace mapping talk with accuracy talk; (7) treat your own status as non-rhetorical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalTheory & Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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