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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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“A philosopher under suspicion”: Sergei Mareyev

28/01/2013 Deja un comentario

The Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, who died in 1979 following a renewed witch-hunt against him by the authorities, defied Stalinist dogma and made a priceless contribution to the creative development of the Marxist method. This profile of Ilyenkov’s life and work is by philosophy scholar Sergei Mareyev. It first appeared in the Journal of Moscow State University, Volume 7, No. 1 in 1990. It is published in English for the first time.

Translation by Angela Landon

In 1989 we marked two dates associated with one name – 65 years from the day of his birth, and 10 years from the day of Evald Vasilievich Ilyenkov’s death. He belonged to the small group of leading Marxist philosophers who creatively developed revolutionary science in spite of the regime imposed 60 years ago in the Soviet Union, and despite having the least possible support.

Probably the attitude of the official scientific side was best expressed by his former comrade A.A. Zinoviev in a friendly cartoon, when they were still making the famous Moscow wall newspaper of the Institute of Philosophy (USSR Academy of Sciences).

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“Origins on CHAT: German Philosophy and Marx”: Andy Blunden

25/01/2013 Deja un comentario

Talk given at the Monash Education Research Community, within the Department of Education at Monash University, by Andy Blunden on 20 April 2010.

The talk is the first of a two-part seminar for the International Course on Cultural Historical Activity Theory. It covers the contributions to this current of thought derived from Descartes, J G Herder, Goethe and Hegel. Part Two, deals with Marx. See marx.org/subject/philosophy/german.htm for readings, home.mira.net/~andy/works/origins-chat.htm for text of this talk and ethicalpolitics.org/chat/Genealogy-CHAT.htm for a diagram of the historical sources of CHAT more widely.

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“The Ideal in Human Activity”: Reviewed by Alex Levant

16/01/2013 1 comentario

E.V. Ilyenkov
The Ideal in Human Activity
Marxist Internet Archive Publications (www.marxists.org), Pacifica CA, 2009. 396pp. $25 pb
ISBN 9780980542875

The Ideal in Human Activity by E. V. Ilyenkov is a substantial tome consisting of two complete books and three articles, which offers for the first time in the form of a single volume the majority of this renowned Soviet philosopher’s work currently available in English translation. This publication constitutes an important intervention in the problem of consciousness, which has figured prominently in the canon of Western social and political thought from Plato to the present. Theories about the origin and nature of human thought have fundamentally shaped our notions of politics, taking a substantial turn in the nineteenth century in light of the critical significance that Marx ascribed to the role of consciousness in the process of revolution (Lowy 2005, p. 10). Consequently, the key debates on political organization in classical Marxism turned on the question of how to displace the hegemony of ruling ideas produced by false consciousness with the objectively correct perspective articulated by the class-conscious vanguard of the proletariat in the form of the communist party (Lukacs 1971; 2000; Second Congress of the Comintern 1977). But when the organizational innovations ascribed to Lenin (Lih 2005) did not yield in Central and Western Europe the same results ‘as in Russia’, the principal figures of a tradition retrospectively known as Western Marxism (Anderson 1976), set out in the early 1920s to re-examine some of the most foundational concepts on which the problem of consciousness rests in an effort ‘to rescue Marxism from positivism and crude materialism’ (Jacoby 1983, p. 524).

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“Working With Cultural-Historical Activity Theory”: Wolff-Michael Roth, Luis Radford & Lionel LaCroix

14/01/2013 Deja un comentario

Abstract: This article focuses on the experiences of two researchers, Wolff-Michael ROTH and Luis RADFORD, using cultural-historical activity theory in mathematics education. The aim is to provide insights into the ways these researchers see and engage with activity theory, how they have come to adopt and expand it, and some of the challenges and concerns that they have had using it. These questions are not usually addressed within typical scientific papers. Yet, they are important for understanding both the dynamics of research and the practical use of cultural-historical activity theory. Since the format of research report papers is not necessarily well suited to convey personal experiences and thinking, the present article takes the form of a conversation, which provides an effective vehicle for exploring and articulating these matters. This provides a basis for understanding more deeply the underlying assumptions of this theory; its dynamics and how it is applied in research of mathematics practice, thinking, and learning; and insights into the manner in which experienced researchers grapple with the theoretical dimensions of their research.

Key words: cultural-historical activity theory; dialectical thinking; Leont’ev; Vygotsky; mathematics education; objectification; subjectification

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“Elementos de una teoría cultural de la objetivación”: Luis Radford

19/12/2012 Deja un comentario

RESUMEN
En este artículo se presentan los lineamientos generales de una teoría cultural de la objetivación –una teoría de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje de las matemáticas que se inspira de escuelas antropológicas e histórico-culturales del conocimiento. Dicha teoría se apoya en una epistemología y una ontología no racionalistas que dan lugar, por un lado, a una concepción antropológica del pensamiento y, por el otro, a una concepción esencialmente social del aprendizaje. De acuerdo con la teoría, lo que caracteriza al pensamiento no es solamente su naturaleza semióticamente mediatizada sino sobre todo su modo de ser en tanto que praxis reflexiva. El aprendizaje de las matemáticas es tematizado como la adquisición comunitaria de una forma de reflexión del mundo guiada por modos epistémico-culturales históricamente formados.

PALABRAS CLAVE: Objetivación, pensamiento matemático, semiótica, sentido, significado, significación cultural, signos.

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“¿El sujeto de la psicologia sociocomputacional?”: Juan Antonio Vera

17/12/2012 1 comentario

Permítanme que me sume a este “coloquio” impulsado por la revista Anuario de Psicologia dando un titulo a mi comentario con perceptibles ecos del trabajo del profesor Angel Rivière. Efectivamente, como nos recuerdan nuestros compañeros de Anuario (vol. 32 (3), 2001) en la presentación del libro que ahora vamos a comentar, si en la psicologia española contemporánea alguien se ha preocupado por analizar las raices conceptuales de la psicologia cognitiva en todas sus manifestaciones, incluida la vygotskiana, ése ha sido el profesor Rivière (p. ej., 1984, 1986, 1991a, 1991b). Estoy perfectamente de acuerdo con esta apreciación, e igualmente estoy convencido de que sus pertinentes observaciones sobre el objeto y método de la psicologia contemporánea han contribuido de manera decisiva a elevar el nivel de nuestros debates académicos y profesionales. Es completamente comprensible, por consiguiente, que se imponga su presencia en esta discusión que nos ocupa relativa al (tan trabajado y valiente) libro Vygotsky y la Ciencia Cognitiva de William Frawley.

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