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Professor Leslie Smith


Leslie Smith

Lancaster University

County South



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We regret to report the death of Professor Leslie Smith on 29 December 2020 after a long illness.

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Leslie's final book, 'Developmental Epistemology: Jean Piaget's Theory of Knowledge', was almost complete at the time of his death and plans for its publication are under consideration. This examines:

  • major mistranslations in the English versions of Piaget's books and papers;
  • significant statements of his position in his untranslated French books and papers (circa one quarter of his total oeuvre);
  • substantive differences between his epistemology, developmental psychology, and philosophical epistemology;
  • insights in his account with significant implications for dominant positions in the human sciences, including education.


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