On the significance of 'World 3' for the depersonalization of inquiry and the democratization of education
Learning for Democracy
This article explores the practical significance of the notion of ‘World 3’ – a domain of abstract entities – for inquiry and education. First, it explains how ‘objectifying’ our thoughts and statements, viz. treating them as if they are objective, can help in inquiry to: promote impartiality towards ideas on the basis of their source and the manner in which they are presented; enable more effective communication; and encourage wider participation in debates. Second, the article examines how ‘objectification’ can be useful in group learning scenarios, insofar as these involve group inquiry.
Copyright © 2006 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Rowbottom, D. P. (2006). On the significance of 'World 3' for the depersonalization of inquiry and the democratization of education. Learning for Democracy, 2(2), 21-29.