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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Architecture -- Research, Design -- Study and teaching


Ideas that underlie postmodern thoght are rarely used in conversations about archrtectural education the way that philosophers and lrterary crrtics have used it since the early 1970s: as a call to abandon that portion of modern vocabulary that sustains Plato's story that Truth is something that already exists, that our own human capacrties are not enough to get us a glimpse of Truth, and therefore, that some method that is detached from our own inadequate capacrties is needed if we are ever to extract the Real Truth from our mortal inclinations toward deceiving ourselves by believing in mere opinion, felt emotion, bad theory, or last night's dream. My favorite philosophers and lrterary critics call for abandonment of the old notion that the whole point of beginning an investigation, pondering a question, or having a conversation, in the first place, is to know, in the end, which of the investigators, ponderers, or conversants were right and which were wrong.This postmodern take on what inquiry or conversation is all about, challenges us to wean ourselves off of our old habit of wanting to know who is right and who is wrong.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

Copyright 2002 Portland State University.

Published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture.

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