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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/chp

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Ontogeny and history. The leading theories reconsidered

Oesterdiekhoff G.W., Habilitation for sociology, Dr.soz.wiss., Dr. phil. Universities of Karlsruhe, of Bremen, of Duisburg
Abstract
In the period between 1800 and 1945 or 1970 leading scholars across the sciences based their theories on societal evolution on the comparison ontogeny / history and children / primitives. Although today’s leading ideologies seem to have replaced the older approaches, there are some authors who assume that the older theories, widely spread over 150 years and supported by so many great scholars who are famous still today, have been more or less appropriate, whereas the currently leading ideologies tremendously block the advancement of sciences. In the same period when those philosophies as are leading today were conquering the spirit of our time, empirical research actually backed the cognitive evolutionary theories and falsified both relativism and universalism. To my opinion, the recovery of humanities and social sciences has to be based on appropriate developmental approaches. Therefore I present and discuss the leading scholars who have most comprehensively earmarked the central argumentations, thus also reflecting the history of the developmental approach.

Keywords: anthropological stages, mental age, primitive mentality, historical psychology, Piagetian theory

Column: Developmental Psychology

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