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[Xmca-l] Re: Writing date of Leontiev - The Present Tasks of Soviet Psychology ?


We discussed this text on xmca back in 2011, e.g.


Here's what Mike said at the time:

"From the book itself, it is difficult to date the articles or to link them
to a particular occasion. The book was published in 1961 and came from
East Germany. From the introductory material by Hans Hiebsch, an East German
> psychologist, it appears to have followed the "Victory of Lysenko in
August 1948." It appeared in "Soviet Pedagogy" in Number 1, 1949. I do not
have a copy.

I think I have a copy of it back in my library in Korea, in a pamphlet put
out by psychiatrists sympathetic to the Communist Party--sometime in the
mid-fifties, at the height of the McCarthy witch-hunt. But I'm in Australia
right now!

David Kellogg
Macquarie University

On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:37 AM, Clay Spinuzzi <clay.spinuzzi@utexas.edu>

> Hi, all. I'm hoping someone will be able to help me nail down the original
> writing date of this essay:
> Leontiev, A.N. (1961). The present tasks of Soviet psychology. In Winn
> (Ed.), Soviet Psychology: A Symposium. New York: Philosophical Library.
> (The Internet Archive also has a plain text copy:
> https://archive.org/stream/sovietpsychology00unse/
> sovietpsychology00unse_djvu.txt
> )
> The editor doesn't document where he got the text, but my best guess is
> that it was written in the late 1940s, shortly after Lysenko's August 1948
> address.
> If anyone can nail down the date more specifically, you will have my
> undying gratitude and I will buy you a drink at ISCAR. Thx CS