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Re: [xmca] Re: microcosm/unit of analysis and xmca discourse


On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM, David Kellogg <vaughndogblack@yahoo.com>wrote:

> Yes and no, Andy. Yes, I assert it and no, I never unasserted it. I never
> agreed with either you or with Nikolai. For me, and I think for LSV, word
> meaning is the unit/microcosm of consciousness. That's what he says in
> Chapter One, and that's what he says again in Chapter Seven.
> Achilles--I think that Andy's (Wertsch's and Leontiev's) attempt to
> substitute "mediated action" is a good example of an attempt to combine the
> unit of analysis ("action") with the explanatory principle ("mediation").
> That is why it is bound to fail. There are obvious ADVANTAGES to doing this;
> you can claim to explain more (e.g. non-verbal phenomena, lower
> psychological functions).
> But for precisely that you end up explaining less (e.g. the
> non-generalizeability of non-verbal skills as opposed to the
> generalizeability of verbally based knowledge). When the explanatory
> principle and the unit of analysis are coterminous, the explanation is
> tautological, and the analysis is non-analytical.
> (Sorry if this sounds uncharacteristically curt and half-baked. I'm still
> on holiday, so not much time.)
> David Kellogg
> Seoul National University of Education
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