Today (well a few days ago) I learned the difference between a number of concepts in psychology and sociology. Specifically about 3 major categories of thought (out of about 5) that fill the soft social sciences. Realism, Critical theory and social constructivism. Realism (or Positivism/Postpositivism) believes that social phenomena can be studied quantitatively, and have objective and rational objects. this of course, extends from the hard sciences, and is very present in psychology. There's Critical theory, which is a very marxist idea which states that social structures of oppression are real, but are the only objective thing about the society. everything else is subjective, and reactive to these real social structures. Social constructivism, instead believes that everything about the social sciences is subjectively constructed, and there is no objective viewpoint, or position, and as a corollary, that all view points should be tolerated, if not accepted, as within the person's personal framework, it is very real.
It was interesting (if very high level and smoothing over a lot of differences, and nuances), and it really helped me understand social constructivism from a new light. Specifically the accepting of peoples viewpoints. That and the concept that there's no objective reality. One of the quotes I learned was "Objective: def - does not exist, see subjective".
doogly wrote:On a scale of Mr Rogers to Fascism, how mean do you think we're being?
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