Piaget, Or, the Advance of Knowledge

Piaget, Or, the Advance of Knowledge

Piaget, Or, the Advance of Knowledge

Piaget, Or, the Advance of Knowledge


This unusual volume presents an overview of Jean Piaget's work in psychology--from his earliest writings to posthumous publications. It also contains a glossary of the essential explanatory concepts found in this work. The focus is on Piaget's psychological studies and on the underlying epistemological theses. The book may be consulted in various ways depending on whether one is looking for an introduction to Piaget's theory, details about a particular concept, a survey of his body of work, or a historical perspective. Readers who are relatively unfamiliar with Piaget's ideas and seek access to them through this book will not necessarily proceed in the same way as those who are acquainted with Piaget's work and wish to refresh, synthesize, or complete their knowledge.

The volume is divided into two major sections with several subdivisions as follows:

• The Chronological Overview presents Piaget's early ideas and the most important sources of his inspiration, and reviews his research work dividing it into four main periods plus a transitional one.

• The Glossary covers a number of explanatory concepts which are essential to Piaget's theory.


Bärbel Inhelder

Chair of the scientific committee, Jean Piaget Archives Foundation

One of the characteristics of Jean Piaget's work--and not the least important one--is its multidisciplinary approach. From the very beginning of his studies, Piaget drew inspiration from biology, and in particular zoology, as well as from the history of science and from philosophy. in addition, he was always keen to integrate mathematics and logic models as these were being developed. Whereas other psychologists use statistics to validate their finding, Piaget analyzed the child's cognitive development in terms of underlying logical operations.

To gain access to Piaget's work and comprehend his theses, a thorough knowledge of his conceptual system is required. the authors of this book--the former head of the Piaget Archives and his colleague, who used to work as a psychologist at the International Center for Genetic Epistemology--aim at providing students and researchers with the main elements of information necessary to such an understanding.

It is true that, as early as 1966, our colleague Battro published a Dictionnaire d'épistémologie génétique. in 1977, this work was followed by The Essential Piaget, edited by our friends Gruber and Vonèche, which immerses the reader in Piaget's world. Finally, in 1980, Legendre-Bergeron published a Lexique de la psychologie du développement de Jean Piaget. Today, however, following the publication of Piaget's last posthumous works, a new analysis has become absolutely necessary.

This new dictionary has been devised in a comprehensive way and is the result of genuine research work. in it can be found a finely shaded variety of definitions, tackling both the meaning and the history of the words listed. a number of pertinent examples illustrate the notions presented, and the authors offer a personal synthesis. Whether the reader is little acquainted or well versed with Piaget's work, each will discover unforeseen angles and enlightening points of view.

The choice of the many terms analyzed in this book seems very judicious to me. They deal with the various explanatory systems to which Piaget referred during the successive periods of his work. Let us mention, for example, the notion of scheme, whose origin goes back to Kant's "schema" and that Piaget defined as follows:

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