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Cognitive Development and Epistemology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124986404, 9781483288871

Cognitive Development and Epistemology

1st Edition

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Editor: Theodore Mischel
eBook ISBN: 9781483288871
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1971
Page Count: 438
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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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