Activity and Passivity in the Genesis of the Cognitive Process in Children’s Development

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 7)


The perceptive, representative and mnemic modalities, the categories of space and time and the parameters of formal logic have always been lent to the child (while recognizing, be it in a rather imprecise way, particularities and limitations) deriving from analogous mental activities of adults.1


Cognitive Activity External World Cognitive Modality Structural Stage Effective Reality 
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  1. 1.
    Although the author has been investigating the relationship of Husserl’s phenomenology and neuropsychiatry in his work, Esperienza e giudizio: l’analisi husserliana rapportata al problema genetico della ‘conoscenza infantile, Oauderni di Infanzia Anormale 12, 1966, the research in this perspective did not advance beyond this work hence the present study making a step forward is not meant as a definitive statement but as a proposal.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cf. also by the present writer, ‘A propos du développement cognitif: quelques remarques sur le “délire” chez l’enfant’, in Revue de Neuropsychiatrie Infantile 22 (1974), 393.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.G. Gaslini InstituteUniversity of GenuaItaly

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