Social Constructivism is a theory that cuts across a number of social science and humanities disciplines. Its fundamental claim is that certain aspects of social reality are not mind-independent. In International Relations, constructivists, including Alexander Wendt, claim that states acquire their identity and interests through their mutually-constitutive relationship with each other. Social reality,then, is what we make of it. John Searle, on the other hand, argues that the existence of things like money and house are epistemologically relative.
What confuses me is that some constructivists, including Searle, oppose relativism. Searle even wrote that "ought" statements can be derived from an "is" statement. My questions then are: Does constructivism really tolerate moral and social relativism? Do the definition and claims of constructivism differ in every discipline?