By Jean Piaget (auth.), Marilyn H. Appel, Lois S. Goldberg (eds.)
Professor Piaget, who at this writing is in his 80th yr, has committed his existence to the exploration and clarification of the genesis of information. The Piagetian version rests on either a philosophical and a organic starting place, with psychol ogy because the hyperlink among those disciplines. This quantity, the 1st in a chain that would list the reliable Symposium court cases of the Jean Piaget Society, is exclusive in that it encompasses theoreti cal, empirical, and utilized elements of Piaget's epistemology. the vast majority of papers during this assortment signify the mixed complaints of the 1st and moment annual symposia of the society. Professor Piaget's tackle, awarded on the First Annual Symposium of the Jean Piaget Society in may well, 1971, highlights the papers inside this quantity. This paper is exceptional within the readability with which the idea that of equilibration is explicated. it's the goal of the society, via this quantity and next ones, to increase the enormous physique of data supplied via Piaget. The editors desire to enforce transmission of the ideas inside those chosen papers so they may well function an impetus for destiny investigations. we're indebted to people who supplied us with the precious editorial and secretarial tips worthy for such an undertaking.
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Piaget, J. Apprentissaze et connaissance (premiere partie). In P. Greco & J. ). Etudes d'epistemologie genetique. Vol. 7, Apprentissage et connaissance. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1959. (a) Piaget, J. Apprentissage et connaissance (seconde partie). In M. Goustard, P. Greco. B. Matalon, & J. ), Etudes d'epistemologie genetique, Vol. 10, La logique des apprentissages. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1959. (b) Piaget, J. The general problems of the psychobiological development of the child.
If all development is a kind of organization, than as biolOgists like Paul Weiss frequently have stressed, organisms are hierarchically ordered systems. Weiss's (1963) formulation of the "many body" problem in physics weakens the accumulation answer of empiricism: If a is indispensable for both b and c; b for both a and c; and c for both a and b, no pair of them could exist without the third member of the group, hence any attempt to build up such a system by consecutive additions would break down right at the first step.
For Piaget, the concept of equilibration makes comprehensible why, in retrospect, alternatives or degrees of freedom for further evolution or development are progressively reduced with succeeding stages. (pp. 207-208) Piaget's theory of stages (1971c) is based on his previous notion of logical necessity: The transition from one stage to another is therefore an equilibration in the most classical sense of the word. But since these displacements of the system are activities of the subject, and since each of these activities consist of correcting the one immediately preceding it, equilibration becomes a sequence of self-regulations whose retroactive processes fmally result in operational reversibility.