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Constructive Evolution: Origins and Development of Piagets Thought Michael Chapman

Constructive Evolution: Origins and Development of Piagets Thought

Michael Chapman

Published June 24th 1988
ISBN : 9780521367127
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This book represents an attempt to understand the evolution of Jean Piagets basic ideas in the context of his own intellectual development. Piaget sought to elucidate human knowledge by studying its origins and development. In this book, MichaelMoreThis book represents an attempt to understand the evolution of Jean Piagets basic ideas in the context of his own intellectual development. Piaget sought to elucidate human knowledge by studying its origins and development. In this book, Michael Chapman applies the same method to Piagets own thinking. Dr Chapman shows that some of the Swiss psychologists essential ideas originated in adolescent philosophical speculations about the relation between science and value. These same ideas were then developed step by step in Piagets investigations of childrens cognitive development. Dr Chapman claims that Piagets use of developmental psychology as a means for addressing questions about the evolution of knowledge has been misunderstood by psychologists approaching his work exclusively from the perspectives of their own discipline. Reconstructing Piagets intellectual biography makes possible a better understanding of the questions he originally posed and the answers he subsequently provided. Dr Chapman concludes with an assessment of Piagets relevance for contemporary psychology and philosophy and suggests ways in which Piagetian theory might be further developed.