Re: [xmca] Luria & the USSR

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Mon Mar 13 2006 - 14:03:49 PST

David-- My guess is that Luria was writing his real conclusions about the
Central Asian work. I am
regularly taken to task by contemporary/immigrant Russians for being a mushy
headed relativist
and failing to understand that more advanced society means more advanced
thinking. While still
in the USSR this was the position taken by Peeter Tulviste as well in his
fine book. But in more recent
writing as an Estonian he makes activities the unit of analysis and arrives
at a position very similar to mine. Others,
however, continue to believe that non-literate/traditional people are
incapable of thinking in true concepts,
unable to evaluate themselves, etc.

On 3/13/06, David Preiss <> wrote:
> Dear XMCARs,
> A class of mine was studying Luria by the last 2 weeks, Mike's DVD
> included,
> and one of the questions that arose was that of the conclusions of the
> Asia
> studies and whether the way they were skecthed in the book published by
> Harvard's press in the late 1970s would have been the same in case the
> book
> would have been published after the collapse of the Soviet Union. That is:
> >From all what is said in the book, what can be attributed to the needs to
> satisfy Soviet doctrine and what can be attributed to the real thinking of
> Luria. Maybe it would help us to elarn what were the ideas related to that
> study that kept it unpublished for so many years and whether they had to
> be
> sublimated to reach final publication. I know that's a difficult question,
> but maybe it can be answered by some of you here that knew Luria
> personally.
> Feel free to reply to all since I am copying to my students. All of them
> will be very grateful of your imputs.
> Thanks!
> David
> David D. Preiss Ph.D.
> Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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