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[Xmca-l] Re: "cultivating Minds



This is a long and challenging thread already, Larry. Making the
connections between
Boesch, Urs, Simmel,,,,,, is something I will have to think about. Feels
like a family resemblence alright. But I wonder about the following
conclusion:

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,
for example?

next comes the poetry and music!
mike

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> Mike,
> 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'
> *which
> 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.
>
> Larry
>
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:23 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> 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
> while
> >
> > 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
> sound
> > 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 <lpscholar2@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > 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
> the
> > > 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
> attachment
> > > 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
> object
> > 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.