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By Peter Damerow

The writer of this publication 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 medical options via historical past in a point of view of what could be referred to as "historical epistemology." he's additionally a member of a similar examine staff within the newly based Max Planck Institute for the background of technology in Berlin. maybe this double association throws a few mild at the scope of Damerow's medical pursuits. In any occasion it's 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 generally various parts together with philosophy and historical past of technological know-how, psychology, and schooling. between his fields of workmanship are the emergence of writing, early Babylonian mathe­ matics, the historical past 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 concept of relativity.

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This, therefore, represents a theory of the transition to thought and its logical forms similar to Piaget's theory in which thought-based on the biological theory of development-is understood as the highest developmental stage of differentiating forms of self-regulation. " "Transition is the same as becoming except that in the former one tends to think of the two terms, from one of which transition is made to the other, as at rest, apart from each other, the transition taking place between them.

A thing is what it is, only in and by reason of its limit" ([3), p. ); the same is true for the lack of differentiation of "being" and the "negation of the negation" in the development of the concept of the "being-for-self': " ... essentially relative to another, somewhat is virtually an other against it ... what is altered is the other, it becomes the other of the other. " ([3), p. 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.

In Schriftenreihe des IDM, 1, 1974, pp. 5-84. : The Psychology of Intelligence. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1950a. : Introduction a I'Episttfmologie Gtfntftique. , Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1950b. : Genetic Epistemology. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970a. : Structuralism. New York: Basic Books, I 970b. : Biology and Knowledge: An Essay on the Relations Between Organic Regulations and Cognitive Processes. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1971. : Recherches sur I'Abstraction Rtfjltfchissante.

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