Article ID: CBB305738052

“Strange Trajectories”: Naive Physics, Epistemology and History of Science (2018)


Crapanzano, Francesco (Author)

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Issue: 5
Pages: 49-65

Publication Date: 2018
Edition Details: First of a Series: Methods and Cognitive Modelling in the History and Philosophy of Science & Education
Language: English

In the 1980s naive physics almost suddenly became a field of research for physicists interested in teaching and experimental psychologists. Such research, however, was limited to accurately recording the bizarre Aristotelian responses of “layman” struggling with simple physics issues. Another research on this topic is that one of phenomenological origin: starting from the studies of the psychologist of perception Paolo Bozzi (since 1958) naive physics had entered the laboratory, and he was the first to find that the physical knowledge of the adult individuals were “Aristotelian”. Bozzi took advantage of these results in order to hypothesize a substantial diversity and independence of the sensory system with respect to the cognitive-rational one. Other interesting perspectives were considered by Piaget, who in the 1980s, confirming the spontaneous Aristotelism of children, provided a still prolific epistemological direction of such investigations: finding an explanatory mechanism that projects on the level of science construction that one of individual cognitive development.

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Authors & Contributors
Giacomoni, Paola
Canales, Jimena
Berthoz, Alain
Weiss, Giselle
Grush, Rick
Perret-Clermont, Anne-Nelly
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Science and Education
British Journal for the History of Science
Biology and Philosophy
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Harvard University Press
Psychology Press
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Teachers College, Columbia University
Senses and sensation; perception
Experimental psychology
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Bozzi, Paolo
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Hirsch, Adolphe
Descartes, René
Piaget, Jean
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
17th century
Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Great Britain
Université de Neuchâtel
Santa Fe Institute

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