| Von Glasersfeld's answers - May 2005  |


From: Ralph Hemeier Mag. rer. soc. oec., Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien , Abteilung Marketing, Projektmanagement Group

Dear Prof. von Glasersfeld,

I am at the beginning of my PhD study at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Adminstration.

In resepct of the model of Radical Constructivism: I know that your theory is based upon ideas of Vico Piaget, Bishop Berkeley and others. But if we look on the term "Radical Constructivism": Are you the sole founder of this theory or do you see any "co-founders"? Can we regard you as the "copyright originator" (if there would be any copyright on the term "Radical Constructivism")?

Kind regards,

Ralph Hemeier



Dear Mr. Hemeier,

As far as I know the term "constructivism" was introduced in psychology by Piaget. The modifier "radical" was added by me to cover the further developments of constructivism by Heinz von Foerster, Humberto Maturana, and myself. There is no more reason to copyright the name than to copyright "phenomenology" or "rationalism" – they are not brands that are for sale and people have to think to acquire them.

By the way, you can hear me talk on May 10th at Vienna University.

Best wishes,

Ernst von Glasersfeld




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