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Re: [xmca] Interpreting Leontiev: functionalism and Anglo Finnish Insufficiences
Yes Andy ,
It seemed clear at the time but my last post was very badly written. My gist was Morten uses a concept where prototyping figures in interventions with often marginalised people ( I recall - because he came to the UK with Ines Langemeir and PhD students attended the workshops. At least two people conveyed to me the beneficial influence of this - and one was trying to 'pass the baton on' via me). Yet my point was that the 'marginalised' , being 'touched' by the experience might be the ones to reach to, not only the PhD students - and these persons are actually necessary to relate with to encounter the growing point of development of 'theory'. i.e my writing was trying to convey the complexity of achieving this in intervention 'projects'. Where an important aspect is that different sciences do not cannibalise each other upon their encounter, yet orient not to their 'discipline' but to the 'object' of projects.
My references to Talcot Parson and his student Luhmann: when 'systems' developed to take an 'interpretive' turn it came out of projects and action-research practice- not an intellectual exercise of 'chosing' Husserl - this was to convey to others. The ACTUALITY became important and oriented to in relation to reality ( and taking up a social 'function' oriented purposefully ( around notion of 'motive' in that AR context terms). At this moment VALUE entered the methodological toolset, by means of 'weltanschauung' ( ambiguously figuring - so there grew 3 forms of Weltanscahuung being distinguished. etc). At present the 'tool' to attend to Actuality has become 'rich picture' i.e as open as possible - 'expression' not necessarily in 'word' form- left to the creative orientation of those 'present - and this is very important ( I emphasise) because to be able to give oneself 'over' into collective needs to be oriented to freely, in the most '' human aware '' not obligation for other/coersive way etc. Sounds corny but this is then social context enabled pleasure - not 'duty' . [ OK enough romaticism! but I find this value more in Andalucia 'everywhere' than I find in the UK - for example.
Actuality has been explored by two PhD studies in particular Costas Tsouvalis who studies Foucoult and 'introduced 'actuality' to attend to the movement from 'expression' to 'theoretical systems thinking'. I orient to Davydov's empirical thinking and 'theoretical thinking' and their relation here. The second was a Japanese PhD at the LSE - Kenichi Uchiyama ( at soem point president of the A-R society in Japan I believe...) Who introduced 'auto-affection' and 'inverted' the modelling relations. In his insight from Japnese culture.So most important to be 'inclusive' of those that are not the 'university researchers' is to endeavour to put the tools in the 'hands' of 'those in the wild' in Morten's terms - The value or principle here , is that they actually 'know' much more already.
In Autopoiesis Maturana could only rest orientation to others on 'love' , the late fransico Varela - explored 'energy' , interesting. - we do not have the science yet to 'explain ' that.
In my references to 'peasants' this same principle applies and after I found this website: NB this person is only about 50 kilometers away from where I live - yet I came to his work via this technology and the collaborative enquiry in this thread - amazing!! http://www.thinkbuddha.org/article/389/blogging-philosophy-part-ii-hanging-out-with-the-peasants
I can't remember what I was orienting to with 'wise men' - BUT they were from the East - they were following stars ( as they were astronomers and scientists) , but in Spanish culture Christmas is centred on the Reyes Magos ( magicians who bring incredible gifts). In the Catholic conquest of the Al-Andalus the religious upheaval often only inscribed very thinly over the Moorish culture ( e.g fixed a few word on a sacred place; or posted a cross on only the very top of the mosque), and so in the Christmas fable the 'Reyes Magos ' remain in all depth.
Excuse my fable: they are still travelling arriving 6th January http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reyes_Magos - it's a homage to a 'conquered' - but really more strongly 'revered' culture, somehow both together and living in-between.
Also after mentioning peasants - and how they are NOT illiterate - ie have great wisdom - I found this http://www.thinkbuddha.org/article/389/blogging-philosophy-part-ii-hanging-out-with-the-peasants
But from this perspective I would like to explore Vasilyuk and his 'function' of Value as concept.
Also I wrote a paper to the UK systems society over the summer and they are interested , so I'd like to know what I'm 'inventing' . Someone from the Moscow Methodology Circle came to talk and we could have a conversation ( I was interested because of Davydov's 'learning games in organisations). They use 'lots' of games ( i.e as in metaphor many times exploring together helps context of actuality to surface.). Though there is play activity and also 'learning activity' - luckily they have abandoned through experience- 'thinking activity' - this was very funny to hear in the talk.
Still, that's hopefully a bit more coherent Andy and others - I don't know how old the wise MEN are reckoned to be Mike and Michael:)) but it's nice that they went on their journey.
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