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

 

Special Issue on Ethics Available as Advance Online Publications

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I have two articles in a special issue on ethics slated to appear in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. The articles are currently available as advance online publications. Details and links below.



Special Issue: Constructivism and Ethical Meaning-Making: A Target Article and Responses

 

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.”

Summary:

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.

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Ethics Chapter Published

New book chapter on ethics! Read it for free online. Printable electronic copies and hard copies can be purchased from the publisher.

Raskin, J. D., & Debany, A. E. (2012). The inescapability of ethics and the impossibility of “anything goes”: A constructivist model of ethical meaning-making. In S. Cipolletta & E. Gius (Eds.), Ethics in action: Dialogue between knowledge and practice (pp. 13-32). Milan, Italy: LED. Available in PDF format

From the introductory section of the chapter:

“In our 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. After distinguishing three versions of constructivist theory, we briefly summarize and counter various criticisms that portray constructivism as endorsing an ‘anything goes’ relativism. Then we outline a constructivist model of ethical meaning-making.”