Sunday, August 6, 2017

Maslow v. Max-Neef on human development

See this brief introductory article on the differences between these two researchers. Maslow's hierarchical of needs requires that lower needs be satisfied before higher needs can be developed. That turns out to not be empirically true. Also Maslow's capitalistic bias heavily favored how individuals developed without equally investigating how society influenced that development. Max-Neef sees the various needs as interrelated and interactive, in which some can indeed develop without others doing so; no hierarchical prerequisite is needed. The article attributes this to his socialist orientation versus Maslow's capitalistic bent. We see a similar difference between the work of Piaget and Vygotsky.

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