Social Science Ideology and Confusing One's Beliefs with Facts: A Response to Huesmann

Blaine Fowers, Frank C. Richardson

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Abstract

Huesmann's assertion that his cognitive theory of aggression is a straightforward reflection of human reality is challenged as a confusion of objectivist and liberal individualist ideologies with facts. A hermeneutic alternative is suggestedwithin which human activity is understood in terms of intersubjective conventions and standards rather than being determined by natural laws. From this viewpoint Huesmann's distinction between facts and values is not possible because the human life world is constituted by embodied meanings and valuesthe clarification and negotiation of which is central to being human. This perspective reveals Huesmann's theory and response to be but one of many creative interpretations of human living rather than the unbiased reflection of reality he claims it to be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalTheory and Psychology
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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