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“Concepts: A Critical Approach”: Reviewed by Piotr Stalmaszczyk

04/12/2013 1 comentario

 Andy Blunden
Concepts: A Critical Approach
Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2012. 308pp., $152
ISBN 9789004228474

Andy Blunden is an independent scholar in Melbourne, Australia. In his previous major study, An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity (Brill 2010), he presented a critique of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. In his recent book, Blunden offers a critical review of different theories of concepts in cognitive and cultural psychology, analytical philosophy, linguistics and several other disciplines.

It is very difficult to provide one, even complex, definition of a concept; additionally, approaches to concepts have considerably evolved in time and across disciplines. Blunden notes in the Introduction that concepts are discussed within cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, learning theories, history of science, to which one may add more recent developments in cognitive science, and neuroscience in particular. The author searches for some common threads, especially in psychology and philosophy; however, he also attempts to formulate his own, critical, approach. Blunden’s main aim is to ‘briefly review what has been established in the work of current researchers and by previous generations, with special attention to Robert Brandom, and then focus more extensively on two writers: Hegel and Vygotsky, finishing off with a brief summary of what I believe a concept is’ (1).

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“De l’affaire Bakhtine au cas Vygotski. Marx penseur de l’individualité humaine”: Lucien Sève

29/11/2013 2 comentarios

Foto del inexistente “Círculo de Bajtín”

Revenant dans ce texte sur l’ “affaire Bakhtine” et l’oeuvre longtemps méconnue de Vygotski, le philosophe Lucien Sève met en évidence la richesse du marxisme soviétique des années 1920. Composant un riche héritage intellectuel, oublié ou déformé sous l’effet de la stalinisation du mouvement communiste, il permet pourtant de montrer l’apport décisif de Marx à la compréhension de l’individualité et de la subjectivité. Ce texte a initialement été publié à l’automne 2012, dans le numéro 15 de la revue Contretemps. 

 

Qui n’a entendu parler de ce monument russe de la pensée d’avant-garde contemporaine qu’est Mikhaïl Bakhtine? Fort jeune encore (il naît en 1895), il fait paraître des travaux qui ont marqué l’histoire naissante de la pensée marxiste au XXe siècle : un livre important sur Le freudisme (1927), un essai qui fit époque sur La Méthode formelle en littérature (1928) et coup sur coup en 1929 un très remarqué Dostoïevski ainsi qu’un ouvrage foncièrement novateur, Marxisme et philosophie du langage – quatre livres majeurs en trois ans, productivité d’exception. Détail curieux : trois de ces livres ont initialement paru sous la signature non de Bakhtine mais de Valentin Volochinov pour Le freudisme et Marxisme et philosophie du langage, de Pavel Medvedev pour La Méthode formelle en littérature. Les Bakhtiniens nous ont expliqué ce mystère de diverses façons : extrêmement généreux, Bakhtine aurait fait là un cadeau royal à ses deux amis en mal de publication, les associant à des œuvres dans la confection desquelles leur rôle aurait été au mieux tout à fait subalterne; ou bien : refusant d’avaliser les modifications de texte qu’imposait l’éditeur, dans une Union soviétique en voie de stalinisation, il aurait demandé à ses amis de lui servir de prête-nom… Une chose nous est en tout cas donnée par tous pour établie : la paternité de ces œuvres appartient sans doute possible à Bakhtine1

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“The Ideal in Human Activity de E.V. Ilyenkov”: Reseña de Alex Levant

20/11/2013 Deja un comentario

The Ideal in Human Activity de E.V. Ilyenkov consta de dos libros completos y tres artículos, y nos ofrece por primera vez en un sólo volumen la mayor parte de la obra traducida al inglés del famoso filósofo soviético. Esta publicación constituye una importante intervención en el problema de la conciencia, que ha predominado en el canon del pensamiento político y social occidental desde Platón hasta nuestros días. Han sido fundamentalmente teorías sobre el origen y la naturaleza del pensamiento humano las que han dado forma a nuestra noción de la política, que dio un giro sustancial en el siglo XIX a la luz del significado crítico que Marx atribuyó al rol de la conciencia en el proceso revolucionario (Löwy 2005, p. 10). En consecuencia, el debate más importante acerca de la organización política en el marxismo clásico, ponía sobre la mesa la cuestión de cómo sustituir la hegemonía de las ideas dominantes generadas por la falsa conciencia por una perspectiva objetivamente correcta articulada por una vanguardia del proletariado con conciencia de clase, en la forma de partido comunista. (Lukacs 1971; 2000; Second Congress of the Comintern 1977). Pero las innovaciones organizativas de Lenin (Lih 2005) no dieron los mismos frutos en Europa Central y Occidental “que en Rusia”, por lo que a principios de los años 20 las principales figuras de lo que se conocería posteriormente como marxismo occidental (Anderson 1976) se propusieron revisar algunos de los conceptos fundamentales más importantes en los que se basa el problema de la conciencia en un intento ‘por salvar al marxismo del positivismo y del materialismo vulgar’ (Jacoby 1983, p. 524).

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“Introducing cultural historical theory: main concepts and principles of genetic research methodology”: Nikolai Veresov

15/11/2013 Deja un comentario

This paper explores two main topics. First, it presents main concepts and principles of culturalhistorical theory (CHT) in relation to development. Second, it describes principles of the genetic research methodology, which are derived from the CHT framework. In other words, I will try to provide a systemic overview of Vygotsky’s psychological theory in order to answer two questions: (1) what is culturalhistorical theory about and (2) what does it mean to make an experimental psychological study meeting requirements of culturalhis torical theory*.

Keywords: culturalhistorical theory, genetic research methodology.

Development of human mind: subject matter of cultural historical theory

Undoubtedly, Vygotsky’s culturalhistorical theory has the higher mental functions of human beings as its principle object of study. However, this object is not simple and should be clarified. The distinction between the lower mental functions, equal in animals and human beings (such as sensations, representations, perception etc.) and the higher specifically human mental functions (abstract thinking, logical memory, voluntary attention, etc.) was originally introduced to scientific psychology by W. Wundt. He propounded that the higher functions could not be studied in experimental psychology, but by the historical analysis of various cultural products (folk tales, customs, rituals and so on). Vygotsky’s theory took an opposite approach — the higher mental functions (human mind) should become the subjectmatter of scientific experimental psychology. Psychology should create a new methodology of experimental research, and new theoretical instruments (concepts and principles).

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“The Historical-Cultural Activity Theory and its contributions to Education, Health and Communication: interview with Yrjö Engeström”: Mónica Lemos, Marco Antonio Pereira-Querol e Ildeberto Muniz de Almeida

08/11/2013 Deja un comentario

In the last week of September 2012, Yrjö Engeström, of the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE4), at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, received us for discussions that had previously been organized by the small group of Brazilians working at CRADLE. Over the course of ninety minutes of interview and discussion, Professor Engeström talked about the training and activities developed at CRADLE, and its members’ understanding of the main concepts of the theoretical focus adopted, which is the “Cultural-Historical Activity Theory”. In addition, with contributions from other Brazilian colleagues, theoretical questions of greater density were also explored, such as the concepts of “agency”, “runaway objects” and “objects in complex real lives” (“objects in the wild”)5.

Professor Engeström is recognized internationally for applying and developing the cultural-historical activity theory as a theoretical approach in studies on the process of transformation and learning in work-related activities in organizations. He is best known for the theory of expansive learning and the interventionist methodology of developmental work research. One of his most recent studies is From teams to knots: activity-theoretical studies of collaboration and learning at work6. Currently, he coordinates CRADLE’s activities in Helsinki, which was the discussion subject in this interview.

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“Three Key Concepts of the Theory of Objectification: Knowledge, Knowing, and Learning”: Luis Radford

16/10/2013 Deja un comentario

Abstract

In this article I sketch three key concepts of a cultural-historical theory of mathematics teaching and learning—the theory of objectification. The concepts are: knowledge, knowing and learning. The philosophical underpinning of the theory revolves around the work of Georg W. F. Hegel and its further development in the philosophical works of K. Marx and the dialectic tradition (including Vygotsky and Leont’ev). Knowledge, I argue, is movement. More specifically, knowledge is a historically and culturally codified fluid form of thinking and doing. Knowledge is pure possibility and can only acquire reality through activity—the activity that mediates knowledge and knowing. The inherent mediated nature of knowing requires learning, which I theorize as social, sensuous and material processes of objectification. The ideas are illustrated through a detailed classroom example with 9–1 0-year-old students.

Keywords: objectification; knowledge, knowing, learning, consciousness.

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“Psychology of Experiencing: A Russian View”: Alex Kozulin

08/07/2013 Deja un comentario

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Fyodor Vasilyuk’s The Psychology of Experiencing (1984/1988) constitutes the first important contribution to the field of psychodynamic theory made by a Soviet author in the last 50 years. The book demonstrates (a) the author’s intention to take seriously classical and more recent Western studies of the psychodynamics of the unconscious, (b) his considerable effort to integrate Western ideas with the psychological principles developed in Vygotsky’s school, and (c) his highly original approach to the phenomenon of coping with critical psychological situations. Now this important book is available in, if not perfect, then quite satisfactory English translation.

The central notion of Vasilyuk’s theory is that of “experiencing perezhivanie.” The Russian word perezhivanie has a spectrum of different meanings from experience to suffering. In the context of Vasilyuk’s work it should probably be rendered as ‘‘living through” a crisis. The term experiencing denotes “a special inner activity or inner work by means of which an individual succeeds in withstanding various (usually painful) events and situations in life, succeeds in regaining the mental equilibrium which has been temporarily lost-succeeds, in short, in coping with a crisis” (p. 18).

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Lev Vigotsky, “Teoría de las emociones. Estudio histórico–psicológico”: Reseña de Alejandro Escotto Córdova

26/04/2013 Deja un comentario

Lev Vigotsky (2004), Teoría de las emociones. Estudio histórico–psicológico,
trad. Judith Viaplana, Madrid, Akal.

I. Acerca de la edición del texto Teoría de las emociones

El libro Teoría de las emociones, es una oportunidad para conocer en forma más acabada la reflexión teórico–filosófica sobre las emociones, lamentablemente no da elementos introductorios para ubicarlo en el contexto de la obra de Lev Semiónovich Vigotski (1896-1934)1 desarrollada en dos textos que trabajó entre 1931 y 1934, recogidos en sus Obras Escogidas de la editorial Aprendizaje/Visor. Uno, que asumo es el mismo que la editorial Akal publica, se titula Doctrina de las emociones: Investigación histórico–psicológica, escrito entre 1931 y 1933. El otro fue publicado en las llamadas Conferencias sobre Psicología, dictadas por Vigotski entre marzo y abril de 1932, una de las cuales, la número cuatro, se llama Las emociones y su desarrollo en la edad infantil, y desarrolla brevemente la misma línea argumental del texto que reseño. Todo hace suponer que fue parte del trabajo científico de Vigotski entre 1931 y 1933, en torno a las emociones. Fuera de estos dos textos, ningún otro en sus Obras Escogidas está referido de manera exclusiva a las emociones, aunque el tema cruza buena parte de su obra.

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“An Interdisciplinary Concept of Activity”: Andy Blunden

19/04/2013 Deja un comentario

Abstract

It is suggested that if Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) is to fulfil its potential as an approach to cultural and historical science in general, then an interdisciplinary concept of activity is needed. Such a concept of activity would provide a common foundation for all the human sciences, underpinning concepts of, for example, state and social movement equally as, for example, learning and personality. For this is needed a clear conception of the ‘unit of analysis’ of activity, i.e., of what constitutes ‘an activity’, and a clear distinction between the unit of analysis and the substance, i.e., ultimate reality underlying all the human sciences: artifactmediated joint activity.

It is claimed that the concept of ‘project collaboration’ – the interaction between two or more persons in pursuit of a common objective – forms such a unit of activity, the single ‘molecule’ in terms of which both sociological and psychological phenomena can be theorised. It is suggested that such a clarification of the notion of activity allows us to see how individual actions and societal activities mutually constitute one another and are each construed in the light of the other.

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¿“Revolución archivística” de los estudios vygotskianos? Revelar los archivos de Vygotsky”: Antón Yasnitskiy

13/03/2013 1 comentario

Traducción y adaptación transliteral: Efraín Aguilar

Liev Siemiónovich Vygotskiy (1896–1934) sin duda está entre los pioneros más populares de la psicología de todos los tiempos. Vygotskiy es reverenciado, admirado y a menudo percibido como una autoridad de suma importancia en varios campos de la investigación en las ciencias humanas, desde la educación de la primera infancia hasta la psicolingüística y la neuropsicología. En otras0 palabras, está claro que Liev Vygotskiy ha devenido figura de culto para una gran cantidad de intelectuales.

El inicio del culto a Vygotskiy, que también es referido como el “boom Vygotskiy” (Cole, 2004; Garai y Kocski, 1995), se remonta a 1978 cuando el libro Mind in Society (1978) (El desarrollo de los procesos psicológicos superiores, Ed. Crítica, 1979) salió bajo el nombre de Vygotskiy y el notable filósofo británico-estadunidense Stephen Toulmin publicó su recensión a ese libro titulada “El Mozart de la Psicología” (Toulmin, 1978), donde se refería a Liev Vygotskiy como el Mozart de la psicología y a su mano derecha y colaborador, Alieksánder Románovich Luria, como el Beethoven. Mientras que la segunda comparación fue largo tiempo olvidada, la asociación entre el genio de Mozart y el de Vygotskiy parece haber sobrevivido y permanece como uno de los lugares comunes de la historiografía contemporánea (o más bien “mitología”, como dicen algunos) de la psicología soviética. Después de la publicación de Mind in Society, la celebrada noción de la “zona de desarrollo próximo” devino quizá el concepto más conocido asociado con el universo de Vygotskiy.

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“La actividad como un concepto clave para la psicología cultural”: Carl Ratner

08/03/2013 Deja un comentario

Presentación y traducción: Efraín Aguilar

Además de ser uno de los pioneros de la neuropsicología y de la patopsicología (ciencias privilegio de los psicólogos, la segunda no aprovechada todavía) Vygotski ha generado mediante su teoría histórico-cultural ideas muy esclarecedoras para comprender “al otro” desde lo antropológico así como desde lo psicológico. Basado en esa teoría y con la idea de actividad como herramienta conceptual, en este artículo Ratner busca transmitir a los psicólogos culturalistas, sobre todo a los inscritos en el idealismo, el concepto de actividad como práctica sociocultural organizada y el cómo ésta regulariza las funciones psicológicas, y a la inversa en un proceso de interacción dialéctica. El interés de Ratner por Vygotski se refleja en su prólogo al tomo V de los Collected Works, a más de variados artículos entre los que figura uno publicado en español (Psicología y Ciencia Social, 1: 55-61, 1997) titulado Vygotski, el Einstein de la psicología parafraseando –desde lo cognitivo- al filósofo Stephen Toulmin quien hace más de veinte años bautizara –desde lo afectivo- a Liev Semiónovich como “el Mozart de la psicología”.

LA ACTIVIDAD COMO UN CONCEPTO CLAVE PARA LA PSICOLOGÍA CULTURAL
Carl Ratner

Activity as A Key Concept for Cultural Psychology

Culture & Psychology, 1996, 2, 407-434.

Resumen. Este trabajo articula un concepto de cultura como actividad humana práctica, socialmente organizada. La cultura no sólo consiste de entendimientos conceptuales compartidos, como creen muchos psicólogos culturales. Se explora en detalle la manera como la actividad cultural organiza las funciones psicológicas. También se describe la influencia recíproca de las funciones psicológicas con la cultura.

Palabras clave: psicología cultural, actividad, dialéctica, praxis, estructura social

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“The Concept of the Ideal”: Evald Ilyenkov

20/02/2013 Deja un comentario

Before discussing the concept itself we must first consider the terms “ideal” and “ideality”, that is to say, we must first define the range of phenomena to which these terms may be applied, without analysing the essence of these phenomena at this point.

Even this is not an easy task because usage in general, and scientific usage in particular, is always something derivative of that very “understanding of the essence of the question” whose exposition our definition is intended to serve. The difficulty is by no means peculiar to the given case. It arises whenever we discuss fairly complex matters regarding which there is no generally accepted interpretation and, consequently, no clear definition of the limits of the object under discussion. In such cases discussion on the point at issue turns into an argument about the “meaning of the term”, the limits of a particular designation and, hence, about the formal attributes of phenomena that have to be taken into consideration in a theoretical examination of the essence of the question.

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“Cultural-Historical Theory” and “Cultural-Historical School”: From Myth (Back) to Reality”: P. Keiler

15/02/2013 Deja un comentario

The word is a philosophy of the fact; it can be its mythology and its scientific theory“.
Lev S. Vygotsky

Summary

Contrary to the common opinion, the label “cultural-historical theory [kul‟turno-istoricheskaia teoriia]” is no authentic designation for the conceptions elaborated by L.S. Vygotsky together with A.R. Luria, A.N. Leontiev, and a number of collaborators more between 1927/28 and 1931/32. Likewise, the denomination “cultural-historical school [kul‟turno-istoricheskaia shkola]” does not reflect the genuine self-concept of the respective researchers. Rather, both designations originally were introduced in the mid-30s by critics with defamatory aims and have been later accepted in consequence of a defense-mechanism, which by psychoanalysts is called “identification with the aggressor.” In the aftermath of the “thaw”-period, when the once “beaten” turned out to be the “victorious” ones, those labels became generally accepted (though in several respects quite problematic) shibboleths.

The author

Keiler, Peter, Ph. D. habil., Dipl.-Psych., apl. Professor at the Department of Psychology, Free University of Berlin. Research interests: over three decades of research on the history of psychology and the reconstruction of materialist traditions in psychology. Books and papers (including online publications) in several fields of psychology (general psychology, history of psychology, philosophical-methodological fundamentals of psychology, general developmental psychology).

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“Scientific and everyday concepts: Theory and practice for quality learning”: Irina Verenikina

11/02/2013 Deja un comentario

Melbourne Branch of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) and Monash University have pleasure in presenting Dr. Irina Verenikina, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong at an open lecture “Scientific and everyday concepts: Theory and practice for quality learning”. The lecture was video-recorded on 19th of November in Monash University, Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Australia

Over the past decades the theory of Vygtosky has become increasingly popular as it provides educators with a useful framework to conceptualise a quality intervention. While some concepts of the theory have become widely accepted, others remain relatively unknown. This presentation focuses on the notion of concept formation, which is largely underrepresented in educational research, particularly in relation to adult learning.

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“The Psychology of Culture. Making Oppression Appear Normal” L. Richard Della Fave

01/02/2013 Deja un comentario
Carl Ratner, Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 544 pages, $69.95, hardcover.

To understand properly Carl Ratner’s Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind, one must keep in mind the fact that any logical system of knowledge must be grounded in a set of non-testable assumptions or first principles. These are truly a priori.

It is also true that all theories in the behavioral sciences are grounded in assumptions about human nature, social structure, and culture. Ratner’s assumptions follow closely from those of Marx. All adult humans are capable of making rational, informed choices about how to conduct their lives; we are all endowed roughly equally in this way; we naturally strive for autonomy yet we are also inherently social, that is, cooperative. Society—especially capitalist societies, but also some earlier types such as feudalism—is divided by class, with a minority constituting a ruling class that lives by exploiting the direct producers. Thus, the majority is exploited and hence oppressed. Culture, far from being democratically created by the countless interactions of the population as a whole (sort of like Adam Smith’s mythical marketplace composed of innumerable buyers and sellers), is overwhelmingly shaped and manipulated by the ruling class in ways favorable to its continued rule and people seeing that rule as legitimate, natural, and inevitable.

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