Special Section of Journal of Constructivist Psychology on Ethics Published

Journal of Constructivist Psychology cover, Vol 31(4), 2018Check out the special section in the Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology: “Constructivism and Ethical Meaning-Making: A Target Article and Responses.”

The special section presents a target article that I wrote, followed by various colleagues’ responses to it, and then my responses to them. See below for the full contents of the special section.

Special Section


Studies in Meaning 5 Published

I am pleased to announce that the latest volume of Studies in Meaning has been published by Pace University Press:

Studies in Meaning 5: Disturbing the Status Quo in Constructivist Psychology (20% pre-publication discount!)
Edited by Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, & Jack S. Kahn

SiM5-cover-draftIs constructivist psychology still relevant? Was it ever? Is it merely an obtuse cluster of theories bogged down in obscure epistemological debates of little to no relevance for most people? Why is it that constructivism is so often referenced in the clinical literature, yet organizationally it counts only a small number of people among its identifiable adherents and struggles to sustain itself as a coherent movement within the field? This volume takes up these issues by having prominent constructivist theorists put aside the usual topics of their scholarship and instead directly grapple with the very questions posed above. Borrowing the language of radical constructivism, the resulting contributions are intended to “perturb” the status quo and get constructivists and non-constructivists alike thinking about constructivism’s past, future, strengths, weaknesses, and overall utility.

ISBN-13: 978-1935625186 / ISBN-10: 1935625187 / ©2015 / $40.00 / Pace University Press
Also available directly from Amazon or from the Amazon-powered CPN Bookstore.

Other Studies in Meaning volumes

Spring 2015 Classes

For Spring 2015, I will be teaching two undergraduate and one graduate class:

  • PSY309 Constructivism
  • PSY412 Abnormal Psychology
  • COU540 Psychopathology

The required books to purchase for these classes are as follows:

  • PSY309 Constructivism
    • No required books. All readings are on electronic reserve.
    • Students are required to obtain an iClicker (either by purchasing the iClicker 2 or subscribing to iClicker Go for the semester so that they can use their smart phone as an iClicker; do not purchase the iClicker +).
  • PSY412 Abnormal Psychology
    • Comer, R. J. (2014). Abnormal psychology (8th ed., DSM-5 update edition). New York, NY: Worth.
      NOTE: You must obtain access to LaunchPad, an online supplement to the Comer textbook. The campus bookstore should be selling both hard copies of the textbook and LaunchPad access. If you purchase the text alone from somewhere besides the campus bookstore, you will need to purchase LauchPad access separately. You can purchase LaunchPad access here. Please be aware that LaunchPad access provides you with both LaunchPad and full access to the text as an e-book. Therefore, if you don’t mind reading the text online and want to save money, you can purchase LaunchPad access only and skip buying a hard copy of the text.
    • Students are required to obtain an iClicker (either by purchasing the iClicker 2 or subscribing to iClicker Go for the semester; do not purchase the iClicker +).

Personal Construct Psychology, Radical Constructivism, and Social Constructionism: A Dialogue

New article published:

Efran, J. S., McNamee, S., Warren, B., & Raskin, J. D. (2014). Personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism: A dialogueJournal of Constructivist Psychology, 27(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1080/10720537.2014.850367


This article presents a dialogue about personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism. The dialogue is based on a symposium conducted in July 2011 at the 19th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology. Jay Efran, Sheila McNamee, and Bill Warren were the participants, with Jonathan Raskin as moderator. The dialogue addresses points of contact and divergence across these three theories, how these theories deal with the issue of relativism, and how theorists from these three perspectives might best “go on” together.


Plenary Address at Personal Construct Congress

I will be giving a plenary address at the 20th International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology in Sydney, Australia. The title of the address is “Beyond Relativism and ‘Anything Goes’: A PCP-based Constructivist Model of Ethical Meaning-Making.”


Critics say that constructivism embraces an “anything goes” ethics that permits any position. I disagree.  In my understanding of constructivism, ethics is unavoidable because people are always embedded in ethical perspectives that infuse everything they do. “Anything goes” is never an option, even if what goes varies by person. This talk is divided into three parts. First, I’ll distinguish three versions of constructivism and distinguish epistemological versus ontological modes of construing. Second, I’ll summarize and counter criticisms that portray constructivism as endorsing “anything goes” relativism. Third, I’ll outline a constructivist model of ethical meaning-making.