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dc.contributor.authorBurkitt, Ian*
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-06T07:26:42Z
dc.date.available2009-07-06T07:26:42Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier.citationBurkitt, I. (2003). Psychology in the Field of Being: Merleau-Ponty, Ontology and Social Constructionism. Theory and Psychology. Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 319-338.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/2931
dc.descriptionNoen
dc.description.abstractIn this paper I take up the various ontological positions forwarded in social constructionism. While acknowledging its advances over other approaches to psychology, I nevertheless argue that the various ontological positions create confusion over the nature of human perception and the sensible realization of a world that does not rest wholly in language. Using the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, I argue for a more fundamental ontology that grasps the relation of the whole human being to the world. Essential to this are the metaphors of `field of Being', `dimensionality' and `transformation'. The field of Being is realized in bodily perception of the sensible world, which is then articulated and transformed in linguistic expression. This has to be understood as a naturally embodied topography as well as a culturally and historically articulated and transformed space. I therefore present these metaphors as an extension of constructionism, seeing psychological phenomena as existing more broadly in a field of Being.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectArticulationen
dc.subjectDimensionalityen
dc.subjectField of Beingen
dc.subjectOntologyen
dc.subjectSocial constructionismen
dc.subjectTransformationen
dc.titlePsychology in the Field of Being: Merleau-Ponty, Ontology and Social Constructionism.en
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0959354303013003002


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