From Publishers Weekly If gaining maturity means being adept at seeing the same set of events from multiple perspectives and contemplating alternative futures, then this concept of adulthood says something about the way our minds work. Bruner's 'constructivist' approach holds that we create our own realities through our interaction with our social world and with symbols. This collection of challenging, often difficult essays takes us beyond his popular On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand, as he explores controversies in the theory of literature, linguistics, cognitive psychology and education. His argument that characters, setting and action are inseparable elements in fiction helps explain why great novels have emotional power. Literature is seen as a vehicle that opens us to dilemmas. Bruner's outlook illuminates sundry topics, from the way a teacher's stance toward the curriculum affects the learning process to the idea of culture as 'semiconnected knowledge of the world' that enables people to arrive at acceptable ways of acting. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Library Journal Known for his work at Harvard on cognition, language, and education, psychologist Bruner draws on occasional essays written between 1980 and 1984 to offer a concise, erudite commentary on human development, science, and culture. His philosophical stance is constructivism (thought produces reality), which he traces from Kant to Nelson Goodman. He cites Aristotle, Shakespeare, Joyce, Barthes, Freud, Piaget, Vygotsky, and much contemporary research. The reader encounters such concepts as deictic shift, stance marking, and illocutionary force; but, while difficult at times, the book is never stuffy, and will challenge and help teachers, scientists, artists, writers, and many more who relish an exemplary Socratic text. E. James Lieberman, Psychiatry Dept., George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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