Abstraction and Representation: Essays on the Cultural by Peter Damerow

By Peter Damerow

The writer of this booklet is affiliated with the heart for improvement and Socialization of the Max Planck Institute for Human improvement and Ed­ ucation in Berlin and heads its software on tradition and cognition which de­ votes its labors to the reconstruction of clinical innovations via background in a standpoint of what will be referred to as "historical epistemology." he's additionally a member of a comparable study crew within the newly based Max Planck Institute for the historical past of technological know-how in Berlin. might be this double association throws a few gentle at the scope of Damerow's clinical pursuits. In any occasion it is going to clarify why representatives of either those associations take part an attempt to introduce Peter Damerow's writings to an English conversing audi­ ence. Damerow's scholarship levels throughout commonly assorted components together with philosophy and background of technological know-how, psychology, and schooling. between his fields of craftsmanship are the emergence of writing, early Babylonian mathe­ matics, the heritage of mathematics, the connection among natural and utilized arithmetic, the speculation and strategies of arithmetic guideline, the tran­ sition from preclassical to classical mechanics, and the historical past and idea of relativity.

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3], p. 34) According to Piaget's experiments, however, only a "practical concept of space" and a "practical concept of time" are developed at the stage of sensori-motor intelligence represented by the material actions and their sensori-motor coordination and lacking precisely the structural details of the developed concepts of space and time characterized by quantity and measure. On the Concepts of "Determination" and "Negation" The concept of "determining" as an operational concept closely associated with the dialectical development in Hegel's system is, however, of more general significance and really demands a more thorough explication of its relationship to the concept of construction in Piaget's theory of the development of cognitive systems.

The lengthy quotation in note 2). Furthermore, categories of the logic of being correspond to numerous concepts of Piaget's theory related to figurative and sensori-motor aspects of cognition; and the categories of the logic of essence correspond to logico-mathematical concepts in the nonformal form not yet abstracted from reality as characterized by Piaget for the stage of concrete operations. The parallel between the systematic structure of Piaget's genetic epistemology and Hegel's objective logic is, however, not consistent.

176) In this case, being and negation must therefore be assumed to be simultaneously differentiated and undifferentiated: differentiated by external reflection and undifferentiated in the process of the development of the logical categories. This makes sense, if it is taken as the theoretical expression of the contradiction between actions with which a subject adjusts his or her own actions to the objects to a considerable degree, and a consciousness reflecting these actions in cognitive schemata, that is, a consciousness in which these actions and objects are, nevertheless, not yet separated into logical categories and which accordingly, is not capable itself of providing a theoretical explanation of this contradiction.

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