| Von Glasersfeld's answers - June 2004  |

 
 
 


 
QUESTION 1

From: shiba malek <shibamalek@yahoo.com>
Subject: Questions to Ernst von Glasersfeld

hello
if we accept the analogy between theory of evolution & the viable cognitive structures, can we conclude that it is not "thinking subject " who makes a "key " to the "lock" , but the "lock" shapes the "key" ?
So that man is not responsible  for his thinking  but the nature has led it this way....or so ....
It seems a bit confusing. I've read your " introduction to Radical constructivism" and I can't relate the first part to the second one, as i mentioned above.
thank you
shibamalek
shibamalek@yahoo.com


ANSWER:

Dear Mr. Shibam (?),

Constructivism uses the Darwinian concept of fitness that is part of the theory of evolution to illustrate and describe the concept of viability.  It does not incorporate evolution as a natural law or ontological principle. That is what evolutionary epistemologists have done.  For a constructivist, the theory of evolution is an explanatory model that helps to coordinate and systematize experience; it has no more "reality" than any other theoretical model. Hence you will have to take the responsibility for what you do and think and you cannot blame genes or natural history.

Best wishes,
Ernst von Glasersfeld
 


QUESTION 2


From: "cesar lozada" <lozyer79@hotmail.com>
Subject: solicitud información

SOY UN ESTUDIANTE DE ADMINISTRACIŇN PUBLICA EN COLOMBIA. EN LA MATERIA FILOSOFIA, ME CORRESPONDE REPRESENTAR AL DR. GLASERFELD Y ME GUSTARIA CONOCER ASPECTOS SOBRE SU VIDA PARA HACER UNA BUENA REPRESENTACIŇN DE SU PERSONAJE. FAVOR ENVIAR INFORMACIÓN AL CORREO ELECTRONICO datt_tolima@hotmail.com
JOSE DELFIRIO GONZALEZ CRUZ - COLOMBIA
 

ANSWER:

Dear Mr. DELFIRIO GONZALEZ CRUZ,
This website accepts questions in English, Italian, German, and French.  I do not know Spanish. But I gather from your e-mail that you are requesting personal information about myself. The first chapter of my 1995 book contains that sort of information. It has been translated into several languages and you will find a Portuguese translation:

Construtivismo radical, una forma de cohecer e aprender. Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Piaget. 1996.

or Italian:

Il costruttivismo radicale: Una via per conoscere ed imparare. (192 p.) Milan: Cultura e scienze, Societŕ Stampa Sportiva, 1998.

Best wishes,
Ernst von Glasersfeld

 

 

 

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