Construction of Reality

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  • A stance taken in relationship to the question of what is real and how reality is determined. One concept of reality is based on the idea that reality is what actually exists in the perceivable world; it is external to humans and independent of their understanding or perception of it. This approach takes reality as a given, as something that humans cannot change just because they approach it with a different culture or perspective. The construction of reality, on the other hand, is concerned with how— under specific circumstances and in the context of a specific culture—we define what is real and how we claim to know this reality. In the first approach, reality is a constant; in the second approach, reality is continually shifting, ...

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