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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
Jan 15, 2010 rated it liked it
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
John Carter McKnight
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
Mengsen Zhang
Structure as transformations - I think is the essence of the book. By emphasizing "transformation", he wove back together the concepts of structure and dynamics which necessarily leads to construction. He emphasized structuralism as a method not a theory. This book definitely brings great insights and self-reflections on one's scientific inquiries. I resonates a lot with the essence. However, having a great theme is not everything needed for a book to be helpful. Structuralism is to be seen as a ...more
joe moro
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je ne suis pas étranger au style dense et hautement technique des Que sais-je. Mais dans ce volume, c'était plus que moi. À part d'une partie introductive d'une vingtaine de pages qui parle du structuralisme d'une manière générale - donc intelligible pour le profane que je suis, le livre se déploie ensuite en une suite de chapitres, chacun dédié à une discipline pour y exposer "son" ou "ses" structuralismes propres. Allez comprendre le jargon des biologistes ou physicistes ou psychanalistes ou m ...more
Alexan Eichner
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing survey and articulation of structuralism, both normative and descriptive (though clear about its intent). Very interesting and original analysis of contemporary authors, especially Kuhn & Foucault. Deserves a place in the philosophy of science.

Piaget deals with the general theory very delicately, in a nuanced way, asserting that all good structuralism has to be fundamentally constructive, but that it could hypothetically aim at and move towards something objective.

And of course, sinc
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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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