Philosophy of Development

Philosophy of Development : Reconstructing the Foundations of Human Development and Education

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Philosophy of development is a fascinating area of research at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and education. This book is unique in that it combines a broad sketch of contemporary developmental theory with detailed discussions of its central issues, in order to construct a general framework for understanding and analyzing theories of individual and collective development in various domains ranging from cognitive and moral development to developments in art. Special attention is also given to the rich relations between conceptual development and education.
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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • VIII, 296 p.
  • 0792343190
  • 9780792343196

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Philosophy of development is a fascinating area of research at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and education. This book is unique in that it combines a broad sketch of contemporary developmental theory with detailed discussions of its central issues, in order to construct a general framework for understanding and analyzing theories of individual and collective development in various domains ranging from cognitive and moral development to developments in art. Special attention is also given to the rich relations between conceptual development and education. The approach taken in this volume is located in the landscape of current philosophical debate. The book is not a mere collection of articles. It has been written in close cooperation by seven authors aiming to provide a coherent, albeit rather elaborate, prolegomenon to what a fully comprehensive philosophy of development would look like.
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Table of contents

Preface. Part One: Theoretical Framework. 1. Philosophy of Development: An Invitation; W. van Haaften, T. Wren. 2. The Concept of Development; W. van Haaften. 3. Models of Human Development; G. Widderhoven. 4. Foundational Development; W. van Haaften. 5. Reconstruction and Explanation of Foundational Development; M. Korthals. 6. Evaluative Claims about Foundational Development; W. van Haaften. Part Two: Theories of Individual and Collective Development. 7. Dimensions of Individual and Collective Development in Various Domains; M. Korthals. 8. Cognitive Development; J. Boom. 9. Moral Development; M. Korthals. 10. Aesthetic Development; J. de Mul. 11. Scientific Development; G. Widdershoven. 12. Societal Development; M. Korthals. 13. Artistic Development; J. de Mul. Part Three: Development and Education. 14. Conceptual Development and Education; G. Snik. 15. Education and the Development of Personal Autonomy; G. Snik. Part Four: Philosophical Context. 16. Structuralist and Hermeneutic Approaches to Development; J. de Mul. 17. Developmental Philosophy and Postmodernism; J. de Mul, M. Korthals. References. Index. About the Authors.
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