Piaget’s theory of knowledge: Its philosophical context

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An understanding of Piaget’s theoretical position on the knowing process is necessary in order to appreciate fully the impact of his research. His theory of knowledge has many significant points in common with that of the German philosopher Kant. This article sketches the epistemologies of the 17th and 18th century movements of rationalism, empiricism, and romanticism which preceded Kant, Kant’s revolutionary conclusions concerning reality and the knowing process, and some parallels and areas of divergence between the Kantian and Piagetian theories of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-334
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • Constructivism
  • Empiricism
  • Epistemology
  • Hume
  • Kant
  • Piaget
  • Rationalism
  • Romanticism
  • Rousseau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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