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RE: [xmca] [ISCAR-ANNOUNCE] Sydney-2014 ISCAR Congress Website now open!

Jussi - wondering along with Mike - do you mean by the three thresholds of Foucault, what he means in archaeology of knowledge when he writes: "A discursive formation . . . presents the principle of articulation between a series of discursive events and other series of events, transformations, mutations, and processes" (p 74), that you're referring to transformations, mutations and processes?

this reminds me of innovations - a Kuhn's theory of paradigm shifts.

an aside, your paper deeply resonated with my own understandings of Vygotsky's own developmental shifts over time, but i never had your clarity.  many thanks.


From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of mike cole [lchcmike@gmail.com]
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Subject: Re: [xmca] [ISCAR-ANNOUNCE] Sydney-2014 ISCAR Congress Website now     open!

Very interesting to see Vygotsky put into interaction with Althusser and
Foucault, Jussi. It help me think more about the relation between "breaks"
and "stages," the developmental psychologist's version of the issue. In my
view, for ontogeny as well as science, "there are several thresholds of
discontinuity" but the three thresholds Foucault posits for science are
difficult to map on to ontogenetic stage theories (except, perhaps, for the
third, which resonates with formal operations/true concepts).

one possible translation issue which might confuse readers. I believe the
word "irritant" (razdrazhitel) in Russian corresponds in the Anglo-English
tradition to the word "stimulus."

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