Abstraction and Representation: Essays on the Cultural by Peter Damerow

By Peter Damerow

The writer of this ebook is affiliated with the guts 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 medical ideas via historical past in a standpoint of what can be referred to as "historical epistemology." he's additionally a member of a comparable examine team within the newly based Max Planck Institute for the historical past of technology in Berlin. might be this double association throws a few mild 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 largely varied parts together with philosophy and heritage of technology, psychology, and schooling. between his fields of craftsmanship are the emergence of writing, early Babylonian mathe­ matics, the historical past of mathematics, the connection among natural and utilized arithmetic, the idea and strategies of arithmetic guide, the tran­ sition from preclassical to classical mechanics, and the historical past and thought of relativity.

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13], p. 31) In my view this idea shared by Piaget and Hegel represents an idealistic mystification of the relationship between relative and absolute truth. For as soon as the process of the development of cognitive structures is conceived as independent of its material foundation and as soon as the existence of an autonomous logic of development of this process is assumed-and, as a matter of fact, both Piaget and Hegel do this-then the result of this cognitive process, the concept reflecting its material object, must at the same time appear to be the foundation of this process.

In Hegel the "objective logic" is a logic of the becoming of the notion. In the "subjective logic," the "doctrine of the notion," the result of this becoming is described. However, this result, the notion, is to be simultaneously the "foundation and truth" of this becoming. Hegel expresses this by means of a seemingly paradoxical formulation. " This phrasing is reminiscent of Piaget's regulation of the constructive process of reflective abstraction by the result of that process: "The formation of regulations, whether expressed in those terms or in terms of the reflectings and reflexions belonging to reflective abstraction, constitutes a very general and, apparently, paradoxical process.

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