Mike, this sounds to me like a skeptical Hmmmm. What strikes you as dubious?
I'm happy to be mediated.
On 12/2/06 6:03 PM, "Mike Cole" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hmmmm indeed.
On 12/2/06, Martin Packer <email@example.com> wrote:
> Natalia, thanks very much. The cyrillic didn't come through, but I can
> together the English:
> "after all a cornerstone of materialism is a
> proposition about (that)
> consciousness and the brain are, both, a product
> (of nature), (and) a part
> of nature, (the one) that reflects the rest of
> Might you be able to take a look at the other two excerpts in the
> Let me think about this 'out loud' a little. This is
> the point in Crisis
> where Vygotsky is specifying what a truly Marxist
> psychology, a 'general'
> psychology, must study. A science, he insists,
> studies not appearances but
> what really exists. Optics, for example, studies
> mirror surfaces and light
> rays, not the images we see in the mirror, for the
> latter are phantoms. A
> scientific psychology must study the real processes
> that can give rise to
> such appearances, not (just) the appearances. [It's
> not clear to me how
> to go with this seeming analogy between the way a
> mirror reflects and the
> way the brain/Cs 'reflects the rest of nature'.] So
> any descriptive,
> intuitionist phenomenology must be rejected. What really
> exists? A
> materialist maintains that the brain exists, and consciousness
> too. V
> Lenin to the effect that what is matter, what is objective,
> is what exists
> independently of human consciousness. And, seemingly
> consciousness can exist outside our consciousness: for we can
> be conscious
> without being self-conscious. I can see without knowing that I
> see. So a
> general psychology must study consciousness, but to know the mind
> we can't
> rely on introspection, in part because in introspection mind splits
> subject and object: a dualism arises in the act of self-reflection.
> establish a psychological science only on the basis of what we
> directly (as Husserl tried to do); it must be based on knowledge,
> which is
> the result of analysis, not merely of experience. And what is
> Complicated answer put briefly: analysis lies at the intersection
> methodology and practice: it is the exhaustive study of a single case
> its connections, taken as a social microcosm. It involves what
> (following Hegel) called abstraction.
> I'll confess I'm still not
> clear what V is proposing as the solutions to
> epistemological and
> ontological problems that he has distinguished. It
> to me as though
> he is saying that the epistemological problem - that
> concerning the relation
> between subject and object - arises only when one
> accepts uncritically the
> dualism that arises in introspection (or 'blind
> empiricism'?). So once one
> rejects introspection this problem dissolves.
> implication is that if
> one begins not with introspection but with
> one avoids any
> subject-object dualism. The ontological problem -
> the relation
> between mind and matter - is what he's trying to study, no?
> is a
> brain-in-a-body-in-a-social-world the basis for consciousness, then
> self-consciousness, then self-mastery and knowledge?
> > Hi Martin,
> > I found it --- in Russian, vol.1 of "Sobranie Sochinenii", on
> page 416.
> > It reads in Russian as very similar to the English quote your
> > "Âåäü -- after all-- ê›àåóãîëüíûì êàìíåì ìàòå›èàëèçìà
> -- a corneestone
> > materialism -- ÿâëÿåòñÿ ïîëîæåíèå î òîì, -- is a
> proposition about, ---
> > ñîçíàíèå è ìîçã åñòü ï›îäóêò --- (that)
> consciousness and the brain are,
> > both, a product (of nature),--- ÷àñòü
> ï›è›îäû, ---(and) a part of
> nature, --
> > îò›àæàﬂùàﬂöàÿ îñòàëüíóﬂ ï›è›îäó
> -- (the one) that reflects the rest of
> > nature"
> > Or something like
> > Hope this is helpful, and not making things more confusing.
> > Cheers,
> > Natalia.
> On 11/30/06 2:47 PM, "Natalia Gajdamaschko"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 08:55:29 -0500
> email@example.com wrote:
> >> A few pages later:
> >> ""After all,
> a cornerstone of materialism is the proposition that
> >> consciousness and
> the brain are a product, a part of nature, which
> >> the rest of
> nature" (327).
> >> The last sentence is not grammatical English, so
> something has clearly
> > gone
> >> wrong with the translation.
> >> If
> anyone has access to the original Russian and could comment,that
> >> would
> >> great. (Page numbers are from the version in The Essential
> >> Martin
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