Piaget, Vygotsky, and the Development of Consciousness

  • Gary Fireman
  • Gary Kose
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4613-9688-8_36

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)
Cite this paper as:
Fireman G., Kose G. (1990) Piaget, Vygotsky, and the Development of Consciousness. In: Baker W.J., Hyland M.E., van Hezewijk R., Terwee S. (eds) Recent Trends in Theoretical Psychology. Recent Research in Psychology. Springer, New York, NY


This paper presents a comparative analysis of the early works of Piaget and Vygotsky and argues that an understanding of human consciousness was a central issue in their works. Appreciating the importance of this issue helps explicate certain themes within each theory, as well as points of contrast between them. Further, the problem of consciousness has become a contemporary concern for those interested in proposing a computational theory of mind and, while there is a stark contrast between Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s theoretical orientation to consciousness, the debate between them is a discourse that is markedly different from what is presently being discussed, offering a fresh perspective on this very traditional problem.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Fireman
  • Gary Kose

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations