Change, concepts and the conceptualising method

Lars Bo Henriksen

Abstract


When looking for theories and methods in social science able to describe and understand changes, pragmatic
constructivism offers some possibilities in doing exactly that. Research on pragmatic constructivism requires dialogues
with actors in the field and an emphasis on language and language development. Concepts and concept development
therefore plays a very central role in any researchers effort to describe and understand changes in language games and
life worlds. In this essay I will take a closer look the concept of concepts and at concept formation. Through an analysis
of Nørreklit’s (1973) ideas of concepts as properties and Gadamer’s (1962) ideas of concept formation, it is concluded
that concept development are present in everyday life as well as a research method. The difference between the two is
the accidental processes of everyday life, while research methods require a conscious application of concept
development.

Keywords


Pragmatic constructivism; concepts as properties; concept formation

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