Developmental Perspectives

  • Hans G. Furth


If, as Vico said, society—in contrast to nature—is made by humans, is it possible to speculate on the developmental beginnings of capacities that, as it were, direct humans to the making of society? Human language is of course a favorite candidate to explain societal structures. But language itself, as I have previously indicated, requires a developmental explanation beyond the assumptions of either a ready-made innate program or a mere learning from outside models. More important, does not the use of language presuppose that its speakers have some rudimentary grasp of what a social collectivity is (see Chapter 9)? Precisely this social grasp is here the issue. It is of course part of the more general question concerning the language-society relation, a question that is intensively discussed in all three chapters of Part III.


Mental Object Human Society Developmental Perspective Pretend Play Human Psychology 
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  • Hans G. Furth
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  1. 1.The Catholic University of AmericaUSA

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