Knowledge as Desire: An Essay on Freud and Piaget - Vol. 10

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Interlude: Preliminary Summary

Prior to extending the inquiry into areas further afield it may be opportune to summarize now in brief outline the Freudian-Piagetian synthesis achieved in the preceding chapters.


OBJECT AND SYMBOL FORMATION

In continuous knowledge development from birth, infants around age two achieve a new logical stage of knowing: the capacity to understand action situations as objects of knowledge and to make these objects psychologically present in symbolic representations. The three chief forms of symbolic acts (or simply, symbols) are symbolic gesture and play, language as symbolic social communication, and internal symbolism or mental imagery. These new achievements are the developmental results of expanding sensorimotor actions, specifically the increasing differ

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Table of contents

  • Knowledge As Desire - AN ESSAY ON FREUD AND PIAGET *
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • TO THE READER ix
  • 1 - Symbols: Where Freud and Piaget Meet 1
  • 2 - The Formation of the Symbolic World 15
  • 3 - The Formation of the Unconscious World 41
  • 4 - Libido Bound Through Symbols 65
  • Interlude: Preliminary Summary 93
  • 5 - Symbols: The Key to Humanization 101
  • 6 - Symbols, Biology, and Logical Necessity 121
  • 7 - Logic and Desire 153
  • References 173
  • Index 177
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