Jean Piaget: A Most Outrageous Deception

Jean Piaget: A Most Outrageous Deception

by Webster R. Callaway


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Jean Piaget: A Most Outrageous Deception by Webster R. Callaway

Jean Piaget is generally considered to be one of the most important theorists in the field of cognition, an honor which is questioned by this author. "Piaget believes that magic is a universal social reality in adult society. . . Piaget was no doubt convinced that his magic would significantly affect the academic world. If we accept this as a reasonable assumption, we should consider the distinct possibility that his entire professional output should in fact be interpreted as an extended work of magic. It is ironic in the extreme that he was honored by the American Psychological Association and Time magazine as a great scientist when he is saturated with occultic ideas that are completely antithetical to scientific pursuits." In support of his position, Calloway offers this text focused on an analysis of Piaget's frequent dual use of the meanings of words within the same paragraph. The author's credentials are not given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560729501
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 7.09(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction to Piaget's Metaphysical Theory1
Initial Discoveries1
Difficulties to be Overcome3
Piaget meets Hegel's Absolute4
Irreconcilable Motivations6
A Fearsome, Pessimistic Theory7
Prescription for Educational Disaster: Spontaneous Development12
Logic as Operational Activity15
Metaphysical Action versus Physical Action17
An Alien View of Piaget21
Why Piaget Cannot accept Natural Science23
The Purpose of the Book24
Piaget's Dual System25
The Marvelous Monad26
The Absolute Subject31
Activities of the Absolute Subject36
Chapter 2Piaget's Dual System43
Piaget's Two Biologies43
Two Kinds of Knowledge44
A Multiplicity of Synonyms and Verbalisms46
Two Minds49
Another Kind of Atom53
Another Kind of Space55
The Living Structure Sans Heart Sans Brain56
The Two Subjects58
True Cause is Not Physical64
An Alien Experience, An Alien Science65
Spiritual Objects and Physical Objects68
Two Kinds of Development69
Psychological Necessity and Invariant Function versus Physical Biology70
Specific Heredity versus General Heredity73
Vicarious Actions and Functions Signify Dual Entities76
Pure Movements or Actions Which do Not Take Time80
Brainless Knowledge81
A Non-Physical Ontogenetic Development82
The Two Egos, The Two Worlds, The Two Societies and The Two Civilizations83
Chapter 3The Marvelous Monad87
In the Beginning was the Biological Organization of Monads87
The Disingenuous Role of Experiment89
The Purpose of The Physical Universe90
The Two Starting Points90
Hegel's Concept of Physical Existence92
The Two "Initial" Structures92
An Unusual Way to Describe Monads94
Mischievous Fun With the Term "Psychology"94
Why Piaget has the Duty to Prevaricate96
The Other Meaning of Egocentrism97
Lying is Good but Physical Knowledge is Bad99
Piaget Rejects Natural Science100
The Absolute Versus the Judeo-Christian God101
The Creation of the Physical Universe102
The Measurement of Assimilatory Progress104
Piagetian Chemistry and Physics105
Reaction of the Surrounding Medium107
Natural Phenomena are Produced by Monads108
Monads Account for Sight108
Monads the Basis of Memory109
Child Physics is Based on Monads110
"Air" is Alive111
All "Air" Belongs to the Same Being111
"Air" is an All-Pervading Substance111
Observation of a Physical Substance Cannot Lead to an Understanding of Metaphysical Substance112
The Creation and Maintenance of Life is Based on "Air"113
External and Internal Monads are Called the Two Motors113
The Living Monads Account for Force and Ego114
Monads the Basis of Thought and Dreams115
Uses Air Again to Arrive at Quasimagic Substance116
Immanent Monads Teach the Child About their "Atomic" Nature118
Chapter 4The Absolute Subject123
A Pathological Excess of Synonyms123
Piaget is a Hegelian, not a Kantian123
Piaget's Philosophy of a Non-Human Absolute127
The Absolute Entity as Subject128
Physical Experience versus Logico-Mathematical Experience130
The Physical Subject versus the Metaphysical Subject132
Formal Thought134
The Absolute Entity as Immanent Subject136
The Epistemological Subject138
The Absolute Entity as Structure141
Explicatory Function and Implicatory Function145
Endogenous or Normative Structures versus Exogenous or Physical Structures147
Form versus Matter149
The Continuum of Unobservable Corpuscles151
The Living Field or Lattice-Group of Monads152
The Structure is Non-Contingent and Error Free154
Piaget's Method of Proof: Use One Characteristic of His System to Prove Another Characteristic of His System155
Genetic Psychology Describes the Development of an Eternal Structure157
The Permanent Immanent Structure158
The Absolute Entity as Space163
The Structure and Functions of Space Depend Upon the Monads163
Piaget Begins with Physical Shapes and Ends with Metaphysical Monads165
The Spatial Container is the Operational Mind166
The Spatial Continuum Produces Logico-Mathematical Operations168
Physical Movement and Metaphysical Movement171
Flavell's Rejection of Piaget's Metaphysical Psychology172
The Permanent Immanent Space176
Chapter 5Activities of the Absolute181
Metaphysical Development181
Physical Experiments are Intrinsically Invalid186
The Stages of Metaphysical Development190
A Survey of Various Ways Piaget Utilizes the Concept of Stage192
The Six Stages in the Development of the Object Concept197
The Six Stages in the Development of the Spatial Field and Groups200
The Six Stages in the Development of Causality201
The Six Stages in the Development of the Temporal Field203
Conclusions Regarding the Four Sets of Six Stages204
Overview of Developmental Stages204
The Absolute Subject Develops Himself208
Construction as Development of the Absolute Subject216
Knowledge as the Developmental Process223
Science as the Developmental Process231
The Reversal of Reality240
The Metaphysical Production of Numbers247
The Metaphysical Origin of Fractions and Proportion252
The Metaphysical-Physical Basis of Magic253
Word Magic256
The Mental Image as a Precursor of Magic257
Magic as an Efficacious Reality259
Piaget's Professional Output an Extended Work of Magic260
Appendix AForm263
Appendix BGroup266
Appendix CSchemata270
Appendix DStructure of Thought275
Appendix EIntelligence278
Appendix FSystem282
Appendix GLife284
Appendix HSelf - Ego - I288
Appendix ISubstance - Person294
Appendix JTotality - Whole - Universal298
Appendix KOrganism - Organ302
Appendix LOrganization304
Appendix M306

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