ERIC Number: ED332226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Planes of Existence: Toward Epistemological Peace.
Fleckenstein, Kristie S.
In composition studies, negotiation and consensus are threatened by growing epistemological schisms that privilege one way of knowing, one kind of knowledge, even one kind of language over another. Those who assert that one epistemology is more "right" set the stage for paradigmatic conflict. Some theorists predict a dismal resolution of these so-called "paradigm wars," which could result in discredited epistemologies and methodologies being cast onto the intellectual slag heap. Nascent paradigm wars can be warded off in a variety of ways. Epistemologies can be viewed as ways of knowing that exist on separate, non-intersecting planes, rather than as forces struggling to occupy the same territory. The problem, then, is not in establishing or defending the legitimacy of any one plane but in coordinating analyses resulting from different ways of knowing. Facets of meaning-making can be reexamined and conflicting epistemologies can be transformed into complementing ways of knowing. Application of three primary ways of knowing--experimental, psychological, and anthropological--is a product of the researcher's (or learner's) purpose, intentions, and needs. All three ways of knowing indicate that meaning is multifaceted. An embrace of contraries is necessary to serve the students who enter classrooms trusting in their teachers. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Composition Theory; Consensus Models; Philosophical Influences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).