Reasoning, Necessity, and Logic

Developmental Perspectives

Edited by Willis F. Overton

© 1990 – Psychology Press

350 pages

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Hardback: 9780805800906
pub: 1990-04-01
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About the Book

A presentation of current work that systematically explores and articulates the nature, origin and development of reasoning, this volume's primary aim is to describe and examine contemporary theory and research findings on the topic of deductive reasoning.

Many contributors believe concepts such as "structure," "competence," and "mental logic" are necessary features for a complete understanding of reasoning.

As the book emanates from a Jean Piaget Symposium, his theory of intellectual development as the standard contemporary treatment of deductive reasoning is used as the context in which the contributors elaborate on their own perceptions.


"…..Of interest to serious advanced students of cognitive development and epistemologists."


Table of Contents

Contents: W.F. Overton, Competence and Procedures: Constraints on the Development of Logical Reasoning. B. Inhelder, D. de Caprona, The Role and Meaning of Structures in Genetic Epistemology. R.B. Ricco, Necessity and the Logic of Entailment. G. Pi raut-LeBonniec, The Logic of Meaning and Meaningful Implication. B. Matalon(translated by J. Byrnes), A Genetic Study of Implication. R.J. Falmagne, Language and the Acquisition of Logical Knowledge. M.D.S. Braine, The "Natural Logic" Approach to Reasoning. E.K. Scholnick, The Three Faces of If. F.B. Murray, The Conversion of Truth Into Necessity. D. Moshman, The Development of Metalogical Understanding. W.M. Gray, Formal Operational Thought. J.S. Black, W.F. Overton, Reasoning, Logic, and Thought Disorders: Deductive Reasoning and Developmental Psychopathology. D.P. Keating, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Reconstruction: The Limits of Reasoning.

About the Series

Jean Piaget Symposia Series

Each year, following their annual meeting, the Jean Piaget Society publishes an edited volume.  This approximately 300-page volume covers the main themes of the symposium and is published by Psychology Press.

Members of the society receive the volume free of charge. Non-members can order copies from this website.

About the Jean Piaget Society

The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.

The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.

In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

You can find out more on the Jean Piaget Society website at .

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General