The psychology of personal constructs is based upon the philosophical assumption of "constructive alternativism
," which states that "all of our present interpretations of the universe are subject to revision or replacement" (Kelly, 1955, p.
Where my social constructionist approach intersects with the posthuman views I have been relating is around two challenging notions central to George Kelly's (1963) modern theorizing: anticipation and "constructive alternativism
The encounter with a lexicon of terms such as constructive alternativism
, second order cybernetics, autopoietic entities, narrative deconstruction, subjugated knowledges, and morphogenic nuclear structure can prove daunting to the psychotherapy practitioner, not to mention the beleaguered graduate student who trudges through courses in history and systems of psychology only to wade into still murkier waters upon embarking on coursework in the applied area of psychotherapy
Kelly (1955) rightly is known for his philosophical principle of constructive alternativism
, the idea that the events of the universe are open to an infinite number of interpretations.
Questioning the mere core of current discourse about science (as is done in philosophy of science) and elaborating it with different views on how science can be construed among different philosophers of science, as well as what a person-as-scientist actually does, confirms the core of Kelly's work--the philosophy of constructive alternativism
Kelly's constructive alternativism
asserts that the real world does not reveal itself to us directly, but rather it is subject to as many alternative ways of interpreting it as we ourselves can invent.