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[Xmca-l] Re: "cultivating Minds
This is a long and challenging thread already, Larry. Making the
Boesch, Urs, Simmel,,,,,, is something I will have to think about. Feels
like a family resemblence alright. But I wonder about the following
I am suggesting that Simmel, Urs Furher, and Ernst Boesch were all
following in the footsteps of the concept of "polyvalence" [multiple worths
and values] as symbolic actions.
Might the similarity arise because symbolic actions are polysemic, and
polyvalence is a part of
polysemy of meaning?
Where do the symbolic interactionists come into this story. Kenneth Burke,
next comes the poetry and music!
On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM, Larry Purss <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I will follow further in Simmels and Urs Furher's footsteps as this
> theme also brings in Ernst Boesch's theory of "symbolic action" which was
> developed as a notion that all phenomena [including action] have both
> objective and symbolic "aspects". Boesch wrote:
> "This 'pervasiveness' of symbolism may be easy to grasp for a psychologist
> with psychoanalytic experience or with strong artistic tastes; in my case,
> however, although I believe myself to have a bit of both, this insight had
> much more 'rational' roots. ... I trace its inception back to the 1963
> article 'Raum und Zeit als Valenzsysteme', in which I formulated, for the
> first time, the close *interrelatedness of 'valence' *[LP- worth/value ]
> and 'structure': the conceptual structuring of space depends, I said, upon
> the location of valences [worth/values] - it was the *'wish to return'
> led to the specification and stability of *places.*" [cited in "reasons
> For a Symbolic Concept of Action" in Culture and Psychology 1997
> Volume 3(3): pages 423-431]
> I am suggesting that Simmel, Urs Furher, and Ernst Boesch were all
> following in the footsteps of the concept of "polyvalence" [multiple worths
> and values] as symbolic actions.
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:23 PM, mike cole <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Amazing "coincidence" Larry--- I just wrote to Urs who I have not
> > corresponded with for years as a result of going through his book on
> > cultivating minds. It has a chapter on behavior
> > settings as media for promoting children's development that has me
> > re-thinking a number of issues. Among other things, there is a very
> > interesting discussion of Roger Barker's research program. Very worth
> > I could not open that file you sent, but I found the link to the journal
> > article. Its here:
> > http://lchc.ucsd.edu/Histarch/ja93v15n1.PDF
> > There are a number of other interesting/relevant articles there. "The
> > of the violin" is a favorite.
> > Thanks for reminding us of Simmel.
> > Today, March 1, was his birthday!
> > Coincidence?
> > mike
> > On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:01 PM, Larry Purss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > Mike,
> > > I continued to explore Urs Furher's book that you mentioned on Simmel
> > that
> > > would be potentially beneficial to follow. In my explorations I came
> > across
> > > this article on the metaphor of "traces" or "footprints" in the XMCA
> > > archives. It was written in 1993 and is an interesting perspective on
> > > metaphor of cultivation AS FOOTPRINTS. It is the third article in the
> > > newsletter.
> > > Urs is pointing to the reciprocal processes of "internalizing" and
> > > "externalizing" the inner "affective sense" of "place" through
> > > to "home" and "vehicle" as concrete ways to form one's identity through
> > > attachment/security needs and autonomy needs.
> > > Larry
> > >
> > --
> > It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an
> > that creates history. Ernst Boesch.
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
that creates history. Ernst Boesch.