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[Xmca-l] Re: Vygotsky and Feurebach by Peter Keiler

Mike, Michael,

Note # 22 exploring two different translations of Feuerbach’s passage is enlightening.

VERSION 1: What is absolutely impossible for one person alone is possible for two
VERSION 2: What is absolutely impossible for one nan alone TO ACCOMPLISH is possible for two men TO ACHEIVE.

What exists in the absence of version #1 that alters the meaning from #1 to #2 ?

 The focus on (observation / perception) in version #1 in contrast to (accomplishing / achieving) in version #2.

Keiler Peter’s insight that Vygotsky in referencing Feuerbach’s passage is speaking (in code) is illuminating, awakening further inquiry and questions awaiting polyphonic historicity as answers.

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From: Wolff-Michael Roth
Sent: August 4, 2017 7:57 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
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Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Vygotsky and Feurebach by Peter Keiler

Mike, Peter provides some references that allow many to link Feuerbach
references in Vygotsky to the original sources---I have some of the works
published in the early 1800s, where the quotations Peter takes can be found
(like vol. 2 of Collected Works).

Peter does not write about what Marx took up from Feuerbach, and which he
rejected (in the Theses on Feuerbach).

Of relevance to the recent discussion on Spinoza. Feuerbach was well-read
on Spinoza and published and taught Spinoza.

To me the way Vygotsky applies the thing possible for two that is
impossible for one, applied to the word, in the way Marx applied it to the
commodity, appears to be a significant idea. It is significant because it
runs against the constructivist strain in our community, which begins with
the idea that 'meaning' is personal (people haven't been reading Mead


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On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 5:02 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> XMC-ites
> Attached in English, Russian, and German is an articles by Peter Keiler
> about Vygotsky and Feuerbach that I am sure a number of you will be
> interested in. Most of us know Feuerbach from his famous theses and no
> more. Peter opens up a great many aspects of Feuerbach's writings that are
> echoed in various ways throughout Vygotsky's writings and links them to the
> political/social/ideological/ context of the shifting times.
> Thanks Peter.
> mike