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There is some justification, however, for a less radical interpretation. Gergen's version of constructionism claims to be ontologically mute. In his words, "Whatever is, simply is" (1994c, p. 72), and although this sentence is itself (vacuously) ontological, Gergen wishes to convey that his philosophical position does not extend to a denial of reality. , Gergen, 1997, p. 730), but that they are unknowable, in the traditional bottom-up empirical sense, because what is known is completely determined by linguistic and social practices.
He maintains that names are treated as though they are derived from the essential properties in nature to which they supposedly refer. For example, the group name "women" presupposes "... an essential entity—a group unified by its distinctive features" and the group name is said to be referential (2001c, p. 174). But social constructionism is, according to Gergen, antagonistic to essentialism—it takes reference to be "... a social achievement and thus inherently defeasible" (2001c, p. 174). In short, Gergen's thesis is: there are no grounds for a theory of meaning which involves external reference, because external reference involves a correspondence theory of truth and the notion that an entity has essential features.
It is also unlikely that he would now make the ontological claims he then made or, at any rate, unlikely that he would make them without the inverted commas which he uses (though not at all consistently) to distance himself from any material existence implications. , Gergen, 2001a). For this reason, it will frequently be referred to in the remainder of this chapter. In his rationale, Gergen synthesises his findings from a range of disciplines. '^ The negative thesis is the rejection of meaning as external reference.
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