Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part One)

Ep. 227: What Is Social Construction? (Hacking, Berger) (Part One)

By Mark Linsenmayer, Wes Alwan, Seth Paskin, Dylan Casey

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

Monday, 7 October

On Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What (1999) and Peter Berger's “Religion and World Construction" (1967).

Guest Coleman Hughes from Dilemma joins us to survey the types of social construction arguments: the "culture wars" (e.g. race, gender) and the "science wars" (scientific findings are not read off the world but emerge from history). Something can be constructed, yet still be an objective truth we have to deal with.

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