ERIC Number: ED348209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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From Galileo To Piaget: How Do We Construct Epistemological Theories?
This paper helps to clarify the role of empirical evidence in psychological and epistemological theories. Following Galileo's idealization, epistemological theories do not describe the behavior of individuals in the real world. It is only when the "impediments" of the real subjects are gradually removed by experimental manipulation that the real performance of individuals can approximate the competence of the ideal epistemic subject. It is concluded that Galileo's method of idealization has important implications for the construction of the neo-Piagetian epistemological theory. Discussed are Galileo's method of experimental analysis, the role of the epistemic subject in Paiget's genetic epistemology, the relationship between Galileo's ideal laws and Piaget's ideal knower, and the manipulation of the impediment variables. (KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).