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Philosophy Psychiatry and NeuroscienceA Synthetic Analysis of the Varieties of Human Experience$
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Edward M. Hundert

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248965.001.0001

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The Child's Construction of Reality

The Child's Construction of Reality

(p.93) 4 The Child's Construction of Reality
Philosophy Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Edward M. Hundert

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to aid in the studying of the human organism under optimal conditions of minimum tension and relative freedom from conflict. It deals with epistemology which is concerned with the possibility of the realization of valid knowledge. The Hegelian approach to epistemology continually reminds us of the practical sides of the problem of knowledge. Any analysis of how valid knowledge can be realized in the mind of a knower must never lose sight of the fact that knowers are actual biological creatures in a biological world. Furthermore, Piaget stressed as no one before him that epistemologists must take account of the actual thought mechanisms that make the realization of knowledge possible. Finally, given Kant's legacy, it is easy to see how one assimilates reality through the activity of their intellectual structures, whether this means the application of Kantian Categories, Piagetian schemas, or Freudian unconscious fears, drives, and wishes.

Keywords:   epistemology, Hegelian approach, knower, knowledge, Piaget, Kant's legacy

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