All the world’s a stage: A person-centered view of science

Bergner, R.M. / Published 2013 / Article

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Citation: Bergner, R.M. (2013). All the world’s a stage: A person-centered view of science. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, & F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10 (pp. 7-18). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Abstract: In this paper, an alternative, more person centered view of the nature of science is presented. In the paper, I argue against the currently prevalent scientific outlook which maintains, among other things, that (a) the real world is just the totality of physical states of affairs; (b) it is logically (categorically) independent of us and our human distinctions; and (c) we are essentially spectators whose job it is to understand it. In the paper, several arguments and a final reminder are advanced against this view of science, culminating in a positive view wherein science emerges as a far more person-centered venture and the real world itself emerges as essentially the world of persons and their behavior.

“…the real world is essentially the world of people and their behavior. All the world’s a stage and the non-person portions of it are props which are called for by the drama.”

--P.G. Ossorio, 1998, p. 76.