Kenneth Gergen

On Human Understanding: From Mind to Relationship

About the video

Kenneth Gergen examine what it is to understand another human being. Much hangs on this question, in both our professions and our daily lives. The major ways in which we answer this question are not only conceptually flawed, but have the potential for bringing about alienated and dysfunctional relations. The problems with the traditional views lie in the fact that our answers are largely premised on a conception of independent, rational, and emotional human beings.

Gergen proposes that, when we can envision all meaning as emerging from coordinated action, we open a space for reconstructing the nature of understanding. This view not only escapes the conceptual enigmas of the past, but more importantly, invites us into a new and more promising range of practices.

Also in this video: Dan Wulf

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