K. H. Grobman

A summary diagram to aid in teaching about Piaget's "Genetic Epistemology".

Genetic Epistemology by Jean Piaget

In "Genetic Epistemology" Piaget describes how mathematics formulates itself into structures that build upon one another. The development of our thoughts is said to build upon one another in a parallel way. Piaget's presents a "genetic epistemology" in that he elaborates how our understanding of knowledge (epistemology) develops in actual people (children) instead of simply as an abstract philosophy based on our adult intuitions about knowledge (the traditional epistemological approach). The following figure summarizes the parallels he draws along with my inferences about the relationship to Piaget's stages relate.

For advanced undergraduate and graduate students, "Genetic Epistemology" provides a clear picture of what theoretical issues Piaget was trying to address with his theory. Of all of Piaget's books, this is probably the easiest book to read.

When I have the opportunity, I plan to write a more detailed guide for understanding this book.