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Biology and Knowledge: An Essay on the Relations between Organic Regulations and Cognitive Processes (Phoenix Books P508)

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Psychologist, philosopher, and authority on human intellectual development, Jean Piaget was trained as a biologist and has always looked at complex behavior as continuous with the most elementary forms of biological organization. Here he discusses the nature of intelligence and of knowledge in the light of contemporary findings in biology.

Interpreting the three forms of kn
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published 1971 by University of Chicago Press
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This is a re-read of a book I read over thirty years ago. This work by Piaget was recommended as a path to move beyond the sterile nature vs. nurture debate that social science struggled with at the time (heavily biased with nurturism, and challenged by E.O. Wilson's sociobiology theories). Piaget is not the easiest to read and, at least with the translation, is not a prose stylist. However, he offers fresh perspectives on the biological origins of cognition and argues that the human mind of tod ...more
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Psychologist, philosopher, and authority on human intellectual development, Jean Piaget was trained as a biologist and has always looked at complex behavior as continuous with the most elementary forms of biological organization. Here he discusses the nature of intelligence and of knowledge in the light of contemporary findings in biology.

Interpreting the three forms of knowledge -- innate knowledge, knowledge gained through experience of the world, and logicomathematical knowledge -- from the p
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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