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On structuralism, positivism, Sartre, Levi-Strauss, Godelier, Marxism, negation, et al.
Paperback, 153 pages
Published 1971 by Harper Colophon Books (first published 1968)
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Bob Nichols
Jean Piaget's structuralist approach is defined by three components: Structures are wholes and wholes are something greater than parts (structures are not aggregates); they are characterized by transformation (they are not static); and, they are self-regulatory. Piaget then applies this view of structuralism to logical/ mathematical, biological, psychological, linguistic, social, and philosophical thought. Piaget's arguments here are more technical and hard to follow.

Piaget's discussion of biol...more
John Carter McKnight
A very short book, really an extended essay, but it's going on the abandoned pile nonetheless. Piaget's structuralism is a homeostatic, largely platonic model of forms. His material is covered better in Hailes' history of cybernetic theory, How We Became Posthuman, which is actually an engaging and useful book.

Piaget's writing in 1967, probably at the high water mark of formalist, totalizing cybernetic thought, not long before his hero Levy-Strauss would be toppled from his pedestal. As a conci...more
This was a very straightforward overview of structuralist approaches to a wide range of spheres of inquiry. Piaget comes off as a bit arrogant with regard to his unique constructivist perspective versus everyone else, especially Chomsky, with whom he seems to have a serious issue on almost everything discussed in the book.
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Jean Piaget was a Swiss philosopher, natural scientist and developmental theorist, well known for his work studying children, his theory of cognitive development and for his epistemological view called "genetic epistemology." He created in 1955 the International Centre for Genetic Epistemology in Geneva and directed it until 1980. According to Ernst von Glasersfeld, Jean Piaget is "the great pione...more
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