Radical Democratic Communities Always-in-the-Making

Author: Thayer-Bacon, B.J.

Source: Studies in Philosophy and Education, Volume 20, Number 1, January 2001 , pp. 5-25(21)

Publisher: Springer

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This article explores the central pragmatist and feminist philosophical assumption that knowers can not be separated from what is known, that there is a dialectical relationship between social beings and ideas that is dynamic, flexible, and reciprocal. The author seeks a closer examination of constructive thinking in relation to the practice of thinking constructively within social communities. She discusses social communities that construct knowledge as radical democratic communities always-in-the-making, and the skills of communicating and relating which help knowers be able to actively participate in the construction of knowledge. Given the fallibility of the pluralistic subjects, she shows the importance of addressing cultural influences and political power in theories about thinking. She argues for the value of embracing pluralistic and democratic commitments on epistemological grounds as well as moral grounds.

Keywords: constructive thinking; critical thinking; pluralism; radical democracy

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Bowling Green State University

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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