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Neoconstructivism: The New Science of Cognitive Development

Scott Johnson


Arguments over the developmental origins of human knowledge are ancient, founded in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. They have also persisted long enough to become a core area of inquiry in cognitive and developmental science. Empirical contributions to these debates, however, appeared only in the last century, when Jean Piaget offered the first viable theory of knowledge acquisition that centered on the great themes discussed by Kant: object, space, time, and causality. The essence of Piaget's theory is constructivism: the building of concepts from simpler perceptu ... More

Keywords: neoconstructivism, cognitive development, human knowledge, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, developmental science, Jean Piaget

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331059.001.0001


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Scott Johnson, author
University of California-Los Angeles
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PART I Objects and Space

PART II Words, Language, and Music

PART III Learning Mechanisms

PART IV Induction

PART V Foundations of Social Cognition

PART VI The Big Picture