Three new papers by Piaget

Jean Piaget wrote three short papers shortly before his death in 1980

  • Paper I: Scientific Report on Work during 1978–1979
  • Paper II: Reason as Objective of the Understanding
  • Paper III: Reason: Introduction

Each is probably incomplete, Papers II and III definitely so. These papers were intended as a contribution to his 1979–1980 research project “Reason,” here translated into English for the first time. Their central argument is distinctive. It amounts to Piaget's final statement of his empirical model of normative reason as a mechanism intrinsic to the construction of knowledge during children's cognitive development.

Translations of these papers by Les Smith appear in New Ideas in Psychology, Volume 24, Issue 1, April 2006, Pages 1-29. Click here for more information.

All correspondence about this translation and commentary should be sent to Leslie Smith (ls99@via2.demon.co.uk).