chapter  XI
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—The Meaning and Origins of Child Artificialism

IT remains to be seen if from the outset there is a common direction along which the different phenomena observed are moving. We shall not hide the difficulties of the problem-the replies collected may have been simply made up, or they may have been due to the teaching (religious or otherwise) the child had happened to receive from its parents or from others, and even if these answers show evidence of a spontaneous trend of mind they may be heterogeneous among themselves. Is there then an artificialism belonging specifically to childhood? - Does this artificialism obey laws of development? Can one or more origins be assigned to it? These are the questions now to be examined.