The Movement of Constructive Realism: A Festschrift for Fritz G. Wallner

Slunecko, Thomas

The movement of Constructive Realism presents articles dealing with both epistemological aspects generally considered part of theory of science and concrete examples of how Constructive Realism's concepts have been applied in a wide variety of disciplines. Indeed, the purpose of this book is to advance both poles of that dialectic. The result is a collection of arguments, examples, and elaborations that is interdisciplinary in almost every sense of the word: a diversity of ideas and problem-frames ranging from the social sciences to robotics. Fortunately, not every author in this collection has the same opinion as to the extent and usefulness of Constructive Realism's proposals for science in general, or pertaining to his or her particular discipline. As with any philosophical system the question is hardly ever settled as to what would qualify a paper or a position as constructive-realistic. The title of the book is therefore quite indicative of what readers can expect to find and what not. They are not presented with an introductory text-book outlining the basic tenets of Constructive Realism, but rather with a movement in the true sense of the word. Like a spiralling fluid, the movement of Constructive Realism consists of central particles that are stirred at a very high speed and others that are just marginally grasped by it. The editor's strategy was to include all types of papers - even some from the very fringes of the movement or simply relating to it without being affected - as long as they would not give rise to the reader's confusion by misleadingly sailing something under a constructive-realistic flag which would not deserve that affiliation.

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