Limits of Traditional Approaches for Understanding Adult Logical Development

  • Jan D. Sinnott
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


In this chapter, I will try to summarize some of the limits of current approaches that in some way describe or address the development of thought and logic in adulthood and old age. I regret that I will not be able to give a thorough overview of specific theories themselves, or even of general types of theories; space does not permit my doing them justice. My main goal in this chapter is to describe the critical gaps in the approaches that exist in order to suggest ways to fill those gaps. My second goal is to give theoretical reasons for the need to create and explore a new theory, namely, my Theory of Postformal Thought.


Developmental Approach Mature Adult Adult Development Formal Operation Postformal Thought 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan D. Sinnott
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  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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