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[xmca] Mike Cole on Instrumentalist understanding of mediation
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Subject: Re: [xmca] further thoughts on the book "Vygotsky in Perspective"
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:40:36 -0700
From: mike cole <email@example.com>
Sorry to be slow. What i reported was a note in the margin of the paper
by Latour on Morality and Technology: do not reduced mediation reduced
In writing this I was thinking that instrumentalism seems to assume a
pre-figured goal while mediation emphasizes the ongoing process in which
the object of activity is always "just over the horizon." In such a
process, goal formation becomes essential for action. With the goal
specified, one can conduct an analysis of the means used to achieve that
goal. But if the object, and correspondingly, the goal, are
under-specified, if they require, let us say, a dollip of imagination,
might change, opening up other possibilities for action.
I relate this issue to the earlier discussion of Leontiev in his
Stalinist/Lysenkoist mode. The object of activity is PRE-scribed. The
State sets the agenda.
The issue of goal formation is something we worried a good deal about in
/The Construction Zone/. What is unusual about that book in this context
is that we took Leontiev's ideas very seriously in attempting to
theorize our work. Yet a major conclusion was that in order for learning
to generalize broadly, it is essential that goal formation be a part of
Anyway, that was what I got to thinking about.
On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM, Andy Blunden <firstname.lastname@example.org
What would a reduction to intrumentalism claim, Mike, and what (in
brief) is such a reduction omitting? Is there an examplar we can
read? ANd who was accusing who in relation to LSV and ANL?
mike cole wrote:
To me a central message, among many, Larry, was Do Not Reduce
Instrumentalism. Seems like a key issue in the presumed
development of LSV
thought from 1928-1934 and a key issue in LSV vs ANL.
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