Cognitive Development and Epistemology

Cognitive Development and Epistemology

1st Edition - January 28, 1971

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  • Editor: Theodore Mischel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288871

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Cognitive Development and Epistemology is a collection of papers delivered at a conference attended by psychologists and philosophers to explore broad issues relating to the conceptual framework needed for the explanation of human actions. The meeting is held at the State University of New York at Binghamton in September 1969. The compendium is divided into three sections. Part I deals with the relevance which the genetic study of concept development may have for the analysis of concepts. This sets the framework for subsequent discussion. The second part examines some of the specific issues in intellectual, moral, and emotional development with which a theory of cognitive development must deal. The last part seeks to assess the adequacy and relevance of this genetic developmental approach for an understanding of adult cognitive behavior. Philosophers and psychologists in the field of cognitive development and epistemology will find the text insightful.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Part I. Cognitive Development and Epistemology

    Epistemology and Conceptual Development

    I. The Status of Genetic Epistemology

    II. Conceptual Development and Conceptual Understanding

    III. The Nature of Piaget's Theory

    IV. Epistemological Priorities in the Growth of Understanding

    V. Conclusion


    The Concept of "Stages" in Psychological Development

    I. Introduction

    II. The Methodology of New Sciences

    III. Concepts: Their Acquisition and Employment

    IV. Functional Achievements and Their Description

    V. Conclusion



    Genetic Psychology, Genetic Epistemology, and Theory of Knowledge

    I. Introduction

    II. Is a "Genetic Epistemology" Possible?

    III. Is Genetic Psychology Relevant to Epistemology?

    IV. Special Questions

    V. Conclusion


    Part II. Basic Issues in the Psychology of Cognitive Development

    A. The Development of Physical Concepts

    The Development of Physical Concepts

    I. Aspects of General Theory

    II. Perception and Cognition

    III. Representation and Knowledge

    IV. Development of the Child's Concept of an Object

    V. The Construction of Space

    VI. Development of Causality

    VII. Time

    VIII. Practical Intelligence and Conceptual Thought

    IX. Conclusion


    Comments on Beilin's "The Development of Physical Concepts"

    I. Determinants and Outcomes of Cognitive Development

    II. Developmental Sequences

    III. Equilibration

    IV. Philosophy and Developmental Psychology


    From Praxis to Logos: Genetic Epistemology and Physics

    I. Genetics Epistemology and Physical Science

    II. Piaget's "Mentalism"

    III. From "Mentalism" to "Innatism"


    Part II. Basic Issues in the Psychology of Cognitive Development

    B. The Development of Moral Concepts

    From Is to Ought: How to Commit the Naturalistic Fallcy and Get Away with It in the Study of Moral Development

    I. Genetic Epistemology and Moral Psychology

    II. Universals and Relativity in Moral Development

    III. The Cognitive Developmental Theory of Moralization

    IV. Moral Stages as a Hierarchy of Forms of Moral Integration

    V. Our Stages Form an Order of Moral Adequacy: The Formalist Claim

    VI. The Claim for Principles of Justice

    VII. From "Is" to "Ought"

    VIII. From Thought to Action


    Moral Developments: A Plea for Pluralism

    I. Introduction

    II. Exposition of Kohlberg's Theory

    III. Some Doubts about Details

    IV. Virtues and Habits

    V. Is Kohlberg Prescribing a Morality?

    VI. Freud and Moral Failure


    Comments on Kohlberg's "From Is to Ought"


    Part II. Basic Issues in the Psychology of Cognitive Development

    C. The Motivation of Cognitive Development

    Early Cognitive Development: Hot or Cold?

    I. The Psychoanalysis of Early Cognition

    II. A Group of Central Questions

    III. Stimulus-Response-Reinforcement Theories of Early Cognition

    IV. Piaget on the Motivation of Cognitive Development

    V. A Last Word


    Piaget: Cognitive Conflict and the Motivation of Thought

    I. Introduction: Human Motives and Theories of Motivation

    II. Piaget on the Motivation of Thought

    III. The Equilibrium Model of Thinking

    IV. Cognitive Conflict and Motivation

    V. Conclusion



    Motivational Issues in Cognitive Development: Comments on Mischel's Article

    Part III. Theories of Cognitive Development and the Explanation of Human Conduct

    Is a Theory of Conceptual Development Necessary?

    I. Introduction

    II. The Incompleteness of Scientific Theories

    III. Psychological Models for Thought Processes

    IV. Cognitive Models and Cognitive Development

    V. Models of Cognition and Common Sense

    VI. Is a Theory of Conceptual Development Necessary?

    VII. An Analogy with Art



    The Myth of Cognitive Processes and Structures


    What Is Involved in a Genetic Psychology?

    I. Three Characteristics of Genetic Psychology

    II. The Symbolic Function

    III. The Concept of Maturity

    IV. Conclusion


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 438
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1971
  • Published: January 28, 1971
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288871

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Theodore Mischel

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