Re: [xmca] Luria's romantic psychology

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Tue Mar 28 2006 - 06:55:01 PST

Interesting, Peter. It would help a lot if your class would read the last
chapter of Luria's autobiography where there
is a fuller discussion of how romantic is being used. Have they done that?
The answer takes us back to Goethe
and Faust and the idiographic-nomothetic division in the humane sciences,
the effor to over which, was one of Luria's life
long goals.

Happy to answer the best I can when I know a little more of the context, but
Geothe and the idea of German Romanticism is
certainly in the mix. The issue opens up into the entire logic of
groupsXtrials random assignment experiments as tools for
understanding human psychological processes.

On 3/28/06, Peter Smagorinsky <> wrote:
> This is really a question for Mike, but I thought others might be
> interested in the response. My doctoral seminar is reading Cultural
> Psychology (Cole, 1996). On p. 343, Mike describes Luria's romantic
> psychology, in contrast with "classical" psychology with its laboratory,
> cognition-in-the-head approach. But using "romantic" to describe Luria's
> psychology seemed peculiar to us--with our humanities backgrounds, we
> associate romanticism with individualism and a rejection of culture as an
> influence that corrupts (see, e.g., Rousseau's Emile). So we wonder, is
> there a different meaning for "romantic" that you are employing here? Is
> this one of those infamous translation problems that we've often discussed
> on xmca?
> thanks for any help or clarification, Peter
> Peter Smagorinsky
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