Imitation and the dialectic of representation

  title={Imitation and the dialectic of representation},
  author={Philip David Zelazo and Stella F. Lourenco},
In this paper, we take up Kessen s challenge to develop a philosophically and historically informed developmental theory by describing a theory of the understanding and use of representations that draws heavily on the hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur and the genetic epistemology of James Mark Baldwin. This theory, which construes representation to be intrinsically mimetic, characterizes the development of representational understanding as internalization (cf. Vygotsky, 1978), and emphasizes the… CONTINUE READING

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