Re: The abstract (contd.)

From: Peter Moxhay (
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 10:26:49 PDT

Carol, Phil, and all:

Seems like one point to be addressed, in reading Jurow's article, is
whether the generalizations described there in are, in Davydov's

(1) formal, empirical generalizations, or

(2) contentful, theoretical generalizations.

On first reading the article, I thought that it was clear that the
focus was on empirical generalizations: note the strong emphasis on
classification (see the discussion of "linking"). From Davydov,
classification is a sure sign of formal logic at work.

But on reading people's interpretations of the article in terms of the
ascent from the abstract to the concrete, I am not so sure.

What do you think? Are the students described in the article making
empirical or theoretical generalizations? Or doesn't this question make


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