A fundamental point became a centerpiece for his entire life’s work: “In all fields of life (organic, mental, social) there exist ‘totalities’ qualitatively distinct from their parts and imposing on them an organization.” This principle forms the basis of his structuralist philosophy, as it would for the Gestaltists, Systems Theorists, and many others.In 1918, Piaget received his Doctorate in Science from the University of Neuchâtel.He published his first “paper” when he was ten -- a one page account of his sighting of an albino sparrow.He began publishing in earnest in high school on his favorite subject, mollusks.
These lectures became The Psychology of Intelligence.
He was particularly pleased to get a part time job with the director of Nuechâtel’s Museum of Natural History, Mr. His work became well known among European students of mollusks, who assumed he was an adult!
All this early experience with science kept him away, he says, from “the demon of philosophy.” Later in adolescence, he faced a bit a crisis of faith: Encouraged by his mother to attend religious instruction, he found religious argument childish.
Jean Piaget was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on August 9, 1896.
His father, Arthur Piaget, was a professor of medieval literature with an interest in local history.
He didn’t care for the “right-or-wrong” style of the intelligent tests and started interviewing his subjects at a boys school instead, using the psychiatric interviewing techniques he had learned the year before.