Friday, December 7, 2007

More about Fereyabend...

I don't really prescribe to Popper and his specific rejection of empiricism... I am leaning toward a hermeneutic approach of both holistic and integrative in nature. Rationalism has it's place, but we can certainly rationalize anything, with convincing deductive and inductive arguments. This is it's downfall...

I think that my brother's ice-cream example (great example by the way)
" epistemologies have different flavours and thus - in the same way as strawberry and chocolate are both nice flavours of coloured milk but both are still valid nice flavours of milk - equal right to be called truthful nice flavours of milk if they are based on some internally self consistent socially grounded method, including personal choice." (Mondy, P., 2007) 

fits in with what I was reading about objectivity in a critical community, which means that you can have two or more paradigms standing side by side, and both being equally objective and reasonable. This is where one should look for a touchstone...a commonality between a number of paradigms and triangulate certain premises that work in a number of different perspectives. This is where Fereyabend is genuinely great, in that he sees beyond just trying to maintain a single view... But don't you find that if you are too loose in your views, there would be a flip flop from belief in a theory, to rejection then back again...? This can be quite detrimental within the area of high-stakes research...with doctors they may prescribe...but later recant on their previous philosophies...This is socially irresponsible, too.
Hermeneutics has a pyramid structure of Theory (being as objective as one can be)----Philosophy (recognizing reader's perceptions, prejudices and foreknowledge)----and social dynamics (understanding of how context can distort ideas). For educational purposes, this seems pretty sound...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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