Today, we are left with several irreconcilable epistemological and ontological claims about the self and the related world of practice: positivism — and empirical realism and social constructivism (and anti-essentialism). We also face the equally troubling tendency to reduce the self to our concepts of self, or to dissolve the subject altogether into a language or discourse without referents (i.e. the self refers to nothing but language and concepts Jones, 2003).
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