Piaget's Conception of Evolution
Beyond Darwin and Lamarck
The first full-length study of Jean Piaget as a philosopher and evolutionist. Messerly traces Piaget's earliest conjectures about knowledge through its further developments to its mature formulation as 'genetic epistemology.' Messerly analyzes Piaget's constructivist theory of the evolution of human knowledge as continuous with, yet partially transcending, the biological process of adaptation to the environment. Messerly's study serves as an invitation to further explorations with Paiget's theory and will interest philosophers, biologists, and psychologists.
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The final chapter in Messerly's book, offers a masterful critique. . .This section is an important discussion, and it nicely leads to the elegant statement of the incompatibility between evolutionary and developmental epistemology--Leslie Smith, Lancaster Universtiy "The Quarterly Review Of Biology 6/98, Vol. 73, No. 2 "