Reply to Commentaries

  • George E. Butterworth
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 10)


The aim of my chapter was to show how the representationalist realism of traditional Piagetian theory might usefully be replaced by a presentationalist realist approach to the origins of cognitive development. Jean Mandler and Alan Costali were invited to comment because their own writings might be considered to place them squarely in the former camp or the latter. I presented my chapter as the ‘meat5 in their sandwich and awaited developments with interest! Both commentators extend my argument in useful ways and to my surprise, there is fair agreement among the three points of view. In my reply, I will concentrate on the points where there still remain problems to be resolved.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Butterworth
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  1. 1.Psychology DivisionUniversity of SussexFalmer, BrightonUK

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