Re: LSV-& Dialogical Self

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 09:45:21 PST


So you disagree with Engestrom and Kutti (working in a Finnish
context!) that from an AT perspective, the activity is the context?
I personally am not inclined to reduce
the issue to a linear temporal dimension. The zygote, a single cell to
begin with,
replicates as many identical cells that then begin to differentiate
simulatneously with the beginning of exchange of fluids with the
fallopian tube. Emergence seems to defy linear causal think and
invites the idea that there is a constant, dynamic, movement between
dialectically related opposites, such as sense/meaning, etc. At least
that is how I
read LSV in Thinking and Speech.

On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:27:20 -0600,
willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at
<willthereallsvpleasespeakup who-is-at> wrote:
> Mike Cole wrote:
> >If the personality is the highest form of sociality, the unit of
> >analysis for understanding the "whole person," what does it mean to
> >talk about relationships BETWEEN the personality
> >and its social context? Is context outside and personality inside? Really?
> >
> >mike
> >
> >
> Would it not be a time question? In embryol stage it would be external
> (context, activity, setting etc), and then it latter becomes
> internalyzed (bi-directional process) as personality. The question
> inner/outer or internal/external is a matter of when.
> I personally dislike the word context and am not sure what it means
> concretely. It seems to be one of those words that are thrown around and
> then become meaningless constructs. One benefit of AT in my view is
> that it attempts to explain the system one is engaged in.
> First, and this can be difficult in the "american context", we have to
> concur that both are social entities. So, often personality and
> individual are counterposed to some social category.
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> "The zone of proximal development defines those functions that have not yet matured but are in the process of maturation, functions that will mature tomorrow but are currently in an embryonic state. These functions could be termed the buds or flowers of development rather than
> the "fruits" of development. The actual developmental level characterizes mental development retrospectively, while the zone of proximal development characterizes mental development prospectively."
> - L.S.V.

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