Steps pathways methods #4: Spanning positive and interpretive epistemic cultures

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Steps pathways methods #4: Spanning positive and interpretive epistemic cultures

  1. 1. STEPS Pathways Methods PART 4 Spanning positive and interpretive epistemic cultures Professor Andy Stirling Co-director, STEPS Centre www.steps-centre.org www.sussex.ac.uk/spru www.multicriteria-mapping.org
  2. 2. reflexivity over subjectivity, contingency, contextuality reflectionoverrobustness,quality,error‘Reflexivity’ is not about ‘Anything Goes’ normatively and/or epistemically wrong normatively and/or epistemically right CONCEPTUAL SPACE OF ALL CANDIDATE POSSIBILITIES FOR WHAT IS NORMATIVELY OR EPISTEMICALLY ‘RIGHT’ KEY
  3. 3. normatively and/or epistemically wrong normatively and/or epistemically right naïve realism “one thing is precisely right” mainstream fallibilism “one thing is approximately right” caricature relativism “all things are equally right” conditional plurality “contrasting things are equally right… xxxx…but much else is just plain wrong!” reflexivity over subjectivity, contingency, contextuality reflectionoverrobustness,quality,error‘Reflexivity’ is not about ‘Anything Goes’ reflexivity: ‘right’ answers & solutions vary by framings of questions & problems

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