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Title: Constructivism
Author: Phillips, C.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1978
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The principal aim of this work is to develop and defend a constructivist theory of sense and to criticise various opposing views. Theories of meaning which take the word as basic are discussed, in particular the views of Bertrand Russell. Russell's views are compared with those of Ludwig Wittgenstein. It is argued that the sentence rather than the word is the basic unit of meaning. If one starts with sentences then there are two kinds of account of their meaning which can he given - one can take the notion of truth as central (realism) or that of a criterion (constructivism). Both views are explored and evaluated. The implications of constructivism for epistomology and the philosophy of mind are examined. The views of various contemporary writers on the philosophy of language are criticised from a constructivist viewpoint. There is a discussion of the concepts of truth and necessity and of the connection between human knowledge and practical interests.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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