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    Life, the Multiverse and Everything: An Introduction to the Ideas of Humberto Maturana.Vincent Kenny - unknown
    This chapter introduces the central concerns of Humberto Maturana's theory of autopoiesis as they relate to the domain of psychotherapy. Several common terms which are redefined within his theory in an unusual manner are unpacked as to their idiosyncratic significance including the expressions, 'linguistic behaviour', 'languaging', 'structure determinism', 'organisation', 'structure' and others. The source material used for this exposition include not only the cited texts but also several workshops from which verbatim transcripts are often used in the form of brief (...)
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    Distinguishing Ernst von Glasersfeld's Radical Constructivism From Humberto Maturana's 'Radical Realism'.V. Kenny - 2007 - Constructivist Foundations 2 (2-3):58-64.
    Purpose: Ernst von Glasersfeld has dedicated a lot of effort to trying to define just where his views and those of his friend Humberto Maturana part company, epistemologically speaking (Glasersfeld 1991, 2001). As a contribution to unravelling this puzzle I propose in this article to delineate just where they seem to differ most and why these differences arise. Approach: Part of my contribution is to propose drawing a distinction between von Glasersfeld's Radical Constructivism as the last viable outpost of constructivism (...)
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    “Things That Go Bump in the Night”.V. Kenny - 2008 - Constructivist Foundations 3 (2):76-77.
    Open peer commentary on the target article “Who Conceives of Society?” by Ernst von Glasersfeld. First paragraph: Here I underline two features of radical constructivism that render it more difficult to “cross-over” into the “social.” Firstly, the fact that we, as observers, do not have any privileged access to “external objective reality,” and secondly, that we do not have any privileged access to what we call our “internal subjective reality” either.
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    All Alone, Together?V. Kenny - 2015 - Constructivist Foundations 10 (3):412-414.
    Open peer commentary on the article “Amusement, Delight, and Whimsy: Humor Has Its Reasons that Reason Cannot Ignore” by Edith K. Ackermann. Upshot: My commentary on this target article departs from the final part dealing with “Ernst-the-rationalist” and attempts to draw out a series of complications in the ways we may understand Ernst von Glasersfeld’s radical constructivism. Special attention is given to the presence of incommensurability and incompatibility, not only between people but more so within any given individual.
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    Anyone for Tennis? Conversations with Ernst on Being Sporting About Epistemology.V. Kenny - 2007 - Constructivist Foundations 2 (2-3):81-84.
    Excerpt: It's very easy I think to pick up the first ideas of constructivism, but then to apply them to your daily thinking that takes a long time. But they say it takes seven years to play golf, it takes longer to be a constructivist.
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    Continuous Dialogues. Ernst von Glasersfeld's Answers to a Wide Variety of Questioners on the Oikos Web Site 1997–2010.V. Kenny - 2011 - Constructivist Foundations 6 (2):204-212.
    Context: The recent death of Ernst von Glasersfeld opens a space in which there is an important opportunity to re-present and highlight key aspects of his life’s work constructing his model of radical constructivism. Purpose: To make available in a synthetic form one of his particular efforts to elaborate RC in a project that lasted 13 years. This particular project was conducted on the Oikos web site under the title of “Ask von Glasersfeld” and consisted of an opportunity for questioners (...)
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    Continuous Dialogues II: Human Experience. Ernst von Glasersfeld's Answers to a Wide Variety of Questioners on the Oikos Web Site 1997–2010.V. Kenny - 2011 - Constructivist Foundations 7 (1):68-77.
    Context: Under the title “Ask von Glasersfeld,” for 13 years the Oikos web site offered the opportunity to questioners to pose any type of query directly to Ernst von Glasersfeld. Purpose: Based on the collected questions and answers gathered on the web site, this series of four articles re-presents and highlights key aspects of von Glasersfeld’s life’s work constructing his model of radical constructivism. Method: The question-answer pairs are grouped into eight categories. Because the selected contents are so extensive, these (...)
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    Continuous Dialogues III: Processes of Construction Ernst von Glasersfeld's Answers to a Wide Variety of Questioners on the Oikos Web Site 1997–2010. [REVIEW]V. Kenny - 2012 - Constructivist Foundations 7 (3):208-221.
    Context: Up to the time of his death in 2010, Ernst von Glasersfeld had, for the previous thirteen years, directly answered a wide variety of questions posed to him on the Oikos web site. Purpose: This is the third article in a series of four that is based on a selection from all of the questions posed in the thirteen-year period and is aimed at highlighting key aspects of radical constructivism. Method: The question-answer pairs are grouped into eight categories, and (...)
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    Continuous Dialogues III: Processes of Construction.Vincent Kenny - 2012 - Constructivist Foundations 7 (3).
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    Continuous Dialogues II: Human Experience.Vincent Kenny - 2011 - Constructivist Foundations 7 (1).
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    Continuous Dialogues IV: Viability and Learning. Ernst von Glasersfeld's Answers to a Wide Variety of Questioners on the Oikos Web Site 1997-2010.V. Kenny - 2014 - Constructivist Foundations 9 (2):283-292.
    Context: Over a thirteen-year period Ernst von Glasersfeld directly answered a wide diversity of questions posed to him on the Oikos web site. Purpose: This is the fourth and final article in a series that is based on a selection from all of the questions posed in the thirteen-year period and is aimed at giving prominence to key aspects of his radical constructivist approach. Method: This article deals with the issue of “change,” divided into the two main themes of (i) (...)
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    Exile on Mainstream. Constructivism in Psychotherapy and Suggestions From a Kellian Perspective.V. Kenny - 2010 - Constructivist Foundations 6 (1):65-76.
    Purpose: The problem of entering a “mainstream” is analyzed by looking at the problem of recursive splitting in the use of constructivism, illustrating this problem with the special case of personal construct psychology. Problem: In this opinion article I outline a number of issues intrinsic to radical constructivism, and also to other less radical forms of constructivism, which tend to lead its users in the opposite direction to any detectable “mainstream,” indeed leading them steadily away from any unifying flow that (...)
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  13. Lacan and Maturana: Constructivist Origins for a Third-Order Cybernetics.Vincent Kenny & Philip Boxer - 1992 - Communication and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly Journal 25 (1):73-100.
     
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    On the Subject of Autopoiesis and It's Boundaries: Does the Subject Matter?Vincent Kenny - unknown
    Two arguments are unfolded against the viability and advisability of applying the notion of autopoiesis to third order systems. The first argument comes from the domain of psychotherapeutic praxis and elaborates a critique of 'boundary' and 'family' as third order phenomena. The second argument , coming from the domain of ethics, uses the paramount individuality of personal consciousness to demonstrate that any third order human system configured on the metaphor of autopoiesis would necessarily be oppressive, inhuman, and parasocial.
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    Transcending Illusions and Illusions of Transcendence.V. Kenny - 2015 - Constructivist Foundations 10 (2):242-245.
    Open peer commentary on the article “What Can the Global Observer Know?” by Diana Gasparyan. Upshot: Starting from the problem of having to write in a language heavily saturated by realism, this commentary limits itself to restating some key notions of radical constructivism, which, by paying attention to the strict limits of what we can claim to know, can more readily eliminate notions such as the “omniscient interpreter.”.
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    Wielding the Cybernetic Scythe in the Blunting Undergrowth of Psychological Confusion.V. Kenny - 2016 - Constructivist Foundations 11 (3):517-519.
    Open peer commentary on the article “Cybernetic Foundations for Psychology” by Bernard Scott. Upshot: Given the fragmental state of what is known as “psychology,” I think it would be an error to attempt to “unify” such chaos and that efforts would be better spent dissolving the illusion that “psychology” exists and instead redesigning a genuinely psychological psychology that has relevance to daily living.
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