likewise, the root metaphor of the “act-in-context” is rendered meaningless in an analysis without an explicit goal because there would be no basis on which to restrict the analysis to a subset of the infinite expanse of the act’s historical and environmental context

likewise, the root metaphor of the “act-in-context” is rendered meaningless in an analysis without an explicit goal because there would be no basis on which to restrict the analysis to a subset of the infinite expanse of the act’s historical and environmental context.[5] Without a clear analytic goal, the contextualist could analyze the endless context of an act in perpetuity, without ever knowing when the analysis was complete or good enough to be deemed “true” or “useful”. It is very difficult for a contextualist without an explicit goal to construct or share knowledge.

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