Re: [xmca] Re: Vygotsky and Problems

From: Tony Whitson <twhitson who-is-at UDel.Edu>
Date: Sat Dec 08 2007 - 14:40:03 PST

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On Sat, 8 Dec 2007, Mike Cole wrote:

> Can you give us a context/some examples, Lois?
> The Russian psych jrnl Voprosi Pskihologii is sometimes translated as
> "Problems of psychology", soimetimes as "Questions of psychology"
> (vopros=question as a rule), and of course,
> when the anti-vygotskians started a journal of their own they joked about
> calling it "Answers of psychology."
> mike
> On Dec 8, 2007 12:04 PM, Lois Holzman <>
> wrote:
>> I'm turning to this group for some help in understanding what Vygotsky
>> means by the word problem. I may be asking a translation question or
>> something broader about the Russian way of framing issues or themes in
>> science/philosophy/psychology. In English "problem" has come to imply
>> "solution" (e.g., the "problem-solution syndrome"). I also like
>> Wittgenstein's view on problems, which is that his method makes them
>> "vanish" (as opposed to fixing or removing them). How should I be thinking
>> about how Vygotsky thought of what a problem is in light of its common use
>> in English as something to be fixed or solved? And its use in traditional
>> psychotherapy (e.g., presenting problem)? All thought will be greatly
>> appreciated!
>> Lois
>> Lois Holzman, Director
>> East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy
>> 920 Broadway, 14th floor
>> New York NY 10010
>> tel. 212.941.8906 ext. 324
>> fax 212.941.0511
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