‘Theory is always for someone and for some purpose’: thinking through post-structuralism and cognitivism
AbstractThis essay explores the historical socio-cultural contexts that determine the contending epistemologies of post-structuralism and cognitivism. Debates between these paradigms have focused on a-priori philosophical premises. Synthesis between these premises has not materialised because each paradigm valorises a form of knowledge which its rival cannot match. This essay attempts to position these contested premises within a diachronic background in which theoretical claims can be tested, not merely against fixed deductive positions, but against specific socio-cultural contexts that manifest themselves in epistemology. Post-structuralism and cognitivism can then be thought of as aggregates of thought reflecting broad political, social, philosophical and cultural contexts.
CitationGeal, R. (2015). ‘Theory is always for someone and for some purpose’: thinking through post-structuralism and cognitivism. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 13 (3), pp 261-274.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalNew Review of Film and Television Studies