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Author Vidal, Fernando.

Title Piaget before Piaget / Fernando Vidal.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  155.413092 PIAG/VIDA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 276 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-268) and index.
Contents Introduction: Biography and Autobiography -- 1. Neuchatel, an Orderly Little Town -- 2. Mollusk Taxonomy -- 3. Natural History -- 4. The Friends of Nature -- 5. Piaget Discovers Bergson -- 6. Natural History and Creative Evolution -- 7. At the Threshold of Biology -- 8. The Protestant Context -- 9. The Problem of Religion -- 10. From Catechism to Philosophy -- 11. The Mission of the Idea -- 12. The Making of a New Identity -- 13. Recherche -- 14. The Theory of Equilibrium: From Personal Crisis to Universal Salvation.
Summary In the first truly historical biography of Piaget, Vidal tells the story of the psychologist's intellectual and personal development up to 1918. By exploring the philosophical, religious, political, and social influences on the psychologist's early life, Vidal alters our basic assumptions about the origins of Piaget's thinking and his later psychology. The resulting profile is strikingly dissimilar to Piaget's own retrospective version.
In Piaget's own account, as an adolescent he was a precocious scientist dedicated to questions of epistemology. Here we find him also concerned with the foundations of religious faith and knowledge, immersed in social and political matters, and actively involved in Christian and socialist groups. The young Piaget was a vocal champion of Henri Bergson's philosophy of creative evolution, an interest that figured much more prominently in his later thinking. We see him during World War I chastising conservatism and nationalism, espousing equality and women's rights, and advocating the role of youth in the birth of a new Christianity.
In his detailed account of Jean Piaget's childhood and adolescence Neuchatel -Vidal reveals a little-known Piaget, a youth whose struggle to reconcile science and faith adds a new dimension to our understanding of the great psychologist's life, thought, and work.
Subject Piaget, Jean, 1896-1980 -- Childhood and youth
Psychologists -- Switzerland -- Biography.
ISBN 0674667166 (alk. paper)