chapter  3
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Observations on Karl and Charlotte Bühler’s perspective of development

WithCOMMENTARY BY GERHARD BENETKA

In her reconstruction of the concept of development in life sciences, Vanessa Lux (Chapter 3, this volume) identifies a notorious gap between the conceptualization and study of the individual level of development-ontogenesis-and the population level of development-phylogenesis. As the concept of development in psychology has its roots in the field of biology, the author traces a matching theoretical discrepancy back in the history of developmental psychology. Here, too, Lux differentiates an initial embryological notion of development-individualbased-from a later epidemiological-population-based-concept. Following this distinction, however, Lux’s position about the psychological theories of development discussed remains vague. Ultimately, her reflections on epigenetics and neurobiology suggests that an integration of both perspectives into a unitary, comprehensive concept of development would be a desirable scientific progressyet it is not specified why this would be beneficial beyond data integration.