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Norms in Human Development


Leslie Smith, Jacques Voneche, Mark H. Bickhard, Richard F. Kitchener, Lutz H. Eckensberger, Monika Keller, Elliot Turiel, Peter C. M. Molenaar, Vittorio Girotto, Michel Gonzalez, Henry Markovits
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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521103299

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  • The distinction between norms and facts is long-standing in providing a challenge for psychology. Norms exist as directives, commands, rules, customs and ideals, playing a constitutive role in human action and thought. Norms lay down 'what has to be' (the necessary, possible or impossible) and 'what has to be done' (the obligatory, the permitted or the forbidden) and so go beyond the 'is' of causality. During two millennia, norms made an essential contribution to accounts of the mind, yet the twentieth century witnessed an abrupt change in the science of psychology where norms were typically either excluded altogether or reduced to causes. The central argument in this book is twofold. Firstly, the approach in twentieth-century psychology is flawed. Secondly, norms operating interdependently with causes can be investigated empirically and theoretically in cognition, culture and morality. Human development is a norm-laden process.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521103299
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Norms in human development: introduction Leslie Smith
    Part I. Norms and development in epistemology:
    2. The implicit normativity of developmental psychology Jacques Voneche
    3. Developmental normativity and normative development Mark H. Bickhard
    4. Genetic epistemology: naturalistic epistemology vs normative epistemology Richard F. Kitchener
    5. Norms and normative facts in human development Leslie Smith
    Part II. Norms in moral and social development:
    6. Contextualising moral judgement Lutz H. Eckensberger
    7. The development of obligations and responsibilities in cultural context Monika Keller
    8. The multiplicity of social norms: the case for psychological constructivism and social epistemologies Elliot Turiel
    Part III. Norms in cognitive development:
    9. Can psychology be a quantitative science, or is Kant right after all? Normative issues in psychometrics Peter C. M. Molenaar
    10. Norms and intuitions in the assessment of chance Vittorio Girotto and Michel Gonzalez
    11. Making conditional inferences: the interplay between knowledge and logic Henry Markovits

  • Editors

    Leslie Smith, Lancaster University
    Leslie Smith is Professor Emeritus, Lancaster University and is currently based in the Lake District as a freelance researcher.

    Jacques Vonèche, Université de Genève
    Jacques Vonèche is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Geneva and Director of the Archives Jean Piaget.


    Leslie Smith, Jacques Voneche, Mark H. Bickhard, Richard F. Kitchener, Lutz H. Eckensberger, Monika Keller, Elliot Turiel, Peter C. M. Molenaar, Vittorio Girotto, Michel Gonzalez, Henry Markovits

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