• Constructing Social Reality

Constructing Social Reality

An Inquiry into the Normative Foundations of Social Change

Some of the most significant obstacles to human well-being today are habits of Western thought that have been exported around the world. These habits include dichotomous conceptions of truth and relativity, cynical conceptions of knowledge and power, and conflictual conceptions of science and religion.

Michael Karlberg articulates a framework for reconciling each of these false dichotomies in a critically informed and constructive manner. He does this, in philosophical terms, by reconciling ontological foundationalism and epistemological relativism within a moderate social constructionist framework. Karlberg's timely and accessible argument is offered with a spirit of humility and open-mindedness, inviting dialogue characterized by the same spirit, born out of genuine concern for the betterment of humanity at this critical juncture in history.

Some of the most significant obstacles to human well-being today are habits of Western thought that have been exported around the world. These habits include dichotomous conceptions of truth and relativity, cynical conceptions of knowledge and power, and conflictual conceptions of science and religion.

Michael Karlberg articulates a framework for reconciling each of these false dichotomies in a critically informed and constructive manner. He does this, in philosophical terms, by reconciling ontological foundationalism and epistemological relativism within a moderate social constructionist framework. Karlberg's timely and accessible argument is offered with a spirit of humility and open-mindedness, inviting dialogue characterized by the same spirit, born out of genuine concern for the betterment of humanity at this critical juncture in history.

  • Contributors:: Michael Karlberg (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 15 mm | 386 g
  • Publisher: Association for Baha'i Studies, 2020
  • ISBN: 9780920904329
  • SKU: KARLB_CONST
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  • Contributors:: Michael Karlberg (Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 15 mm | 386 g
  • Publisher: Association for Baha'i Studies, 2020
  • ISBN: 9780920904329
  • SKU: KARLB_CONST

About Michael Karlberg

Michael Karlberg is a professor of Communication Studies at Western Washington University. His scholarship examines prevailing conceptions of human nature, power, social organization, and social change – and their implications for the pursuit of peace and justice.

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