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[Xmca-l] Re: LSV&Spinoza
Those interested in Jan’s thinking and writing on the topic could also check out her new book published 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell:
Vygotsky: Philosophy and Education
Vygotsky Philosophy and Education reassesses the works of Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky work by arguing that his central ideas about the nature of rationality and knowledge were informed by the philosophic tradition of Spinoza and Hegel.
• Presents a reassessment of the works of Lev Vygotsky in light of the tradition of Spinoza and Hegel informing his work
• Reveals Vygotsky’s connection with the work of contemporary philosophers such as Brandom and McDowell
• Draws on discussions in contemporary philosophy to revise prominent readings of Vygotskian psychology and revisits educational debates where Vygotsky’s ideas were central
• Reveals the limitations of appropriations of Vygotsky which fail to recognize the Hegelian provenance of his work
• Shows the relevance of Brandom’s inferentialism for contemporary educational theory and practice
> Annalisa Aguilar <email@example.com> kirjoitti 19.6.2015 kello 6.40:
> Actually they are different.
> At least the abstracts are.
> First two sentences of the .pdf Andy posted:
> "Jerome Bruner points out in his prologue to the first volume of the English translation of The Collected Works that Vygotsky flirts with the idea that language creates free will. This paper attempts to consider the influence of the Dutch seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza on Vygotsky."
> First two sentences of the .doc that mike posted:
> "English translation of The Collected Works that Vygotsky flirts with the idea that language creates free will. This paper attempts to consider the influence of the Dutch seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza on Vygotsky."
> Anyone can look for oneself, and then there are no myths about it!
> And you don't have to believe me or mike, of course! :)
> Kind regards,
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> on behalf of Andy Blunden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 7:01 PM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: LSV&Spinoza
> To avoid some continued minor myth-building, what I posted
> was the same file Mike posted with the extension.doc changed
> to .pdf that's all.
> *Andy Blunden*
> On 19/06/2015 5:38 AM, email@example.com wrote:
>> Annalisa, Mike, Andy.
>> thanks for this article.
>> I would agree with Annalisa that it is very difficult to
>> understand the meaning that Vygotsky was reading into
>> engaging with Spinoza because of what we the readers bring
>> to our understanding of the words/concepts used. I want to
>> draw attention to the last line of Jan’s article.
>> “the point of this article a propos Vygotsky’s thought is
>> that this first step REQUIRES philosophical work.”
>> so we are in the realm [the kingdom of] philosophical
>> psychology. Vygotsky lived in a time when the disciplines
>> of philosophy and psychology were not so distinct and to
>> understand psychology was to engage with philosophical
>> Jan also concludes with,
>> ”Vygotsky considered freedom in Spinoza’s sense of
>> self-determination as INTEGRAL to education as a
>> specifically human process of COMING TO BE in the world.”
>> This is the process of “bildung” as Hegel used the term.
>> to develop intellect and to develop will ARE processes of
>> bildung leading towards self-determination
>> through “adequate concepts” which exist within a “system”.
>> I read the concept “system” as used in the notion of
>> adequate thought as linked also to “tradition”.
>> Vygotsky said that every word exists only within a “theory”
>> so a “word” is never isolated or an orphaned word but
>> always exists within a system that the word emerges “from
>> …” To “read a word is actually to read a “word/from …”
>> in other words Jan is inviting us to enter a system or a
>> tradition in order to understand the meaning of “word”
>> and “concept” as Vygotsky meant these words. In order
>> to enter the world of this word [as adequately used] is
>> to “know” where the word developed “from …”
>> THIS system and tradition is expressing the meaning of the
>> centrality of “reason” but is not “abstract reason” [which
>> is orphaned reason which has lost its ancestral home]
>> I would recommend Jan Derry’s new book [Vygotsky,
>> Philosophy and Education] for a more extended conversation
>> on her notion of how to adequately read Vygotsky through
>> the systematic horizon of bildung [educational philosophy]
>> Jan in her book attempts to show that reading Vygotsky
>> through a “constructivist horizon” is an inadequate
>> reading emerging FROM an alternative system/tradition with
>> different philosophical roots.
>> I read Jan as helping to make clear that Vygotsky must be
>> read “from” a Spinoza and Hegelian tradition.
>> Then we can engage with whether this tradition/system
>> itself is adequate but the first step is to show that
>> representational paradigms emerging from abstract
>> reasoning are radically inadequate readings of
>> freedom “from” all constraint and simplistic notions of
>> Sent from Windows Mail
>> *From:* mike cole <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> *Sent:* Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:51 AM
>> *To:* Andy Blunden <mailto:email@example.com>, eXtended
>> Mind, Culture, Activity <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Oh! Whatever it was it was not supposed to be the
>> published version. Thanks
>> On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 8:42 AM, Andy Blunden
>> <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> That's a PDF file, MIke.
>>> Try opening the attached instead.
>>> *Andy Blunden*
>>> On 19/06/2015 1:27 AM, mike cole wrote:
>>>> For those of you, like myself, who are not steeped in
>> Spinoza, this
>>>> by Jan Derry from 2006 (Educational Review) might prove
>> a helpful entry
>>>> point to the vygotsky-spinoza connection. This copy is
>> a draft version
>>>> obtained from Jan with thanks.
>> All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable
>> which makes
>> you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see
>> that isn't even visible. N. McLean, *A River Runs Through it*