RE: [xmca] Luria & the USSR

From: David Preiss (
Date: Mon Mar 13 2006 - 14:10:43 PST

Thanks, Mike. Next week we will be discussing your Psychology of Literacy.
If I understood well, Luria was just about to join that research initiative,
right? Did you ever have chances to comment the conclusions of the Vai study
with him?

David D. Preiss Ph.D.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Subject: Re: [xmca] Luria & the USSR

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. mike

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 related to that study that kept it unpublished for so many years and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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