Re: [xmca] Blunden on Subjects

From: Steve Gabosch <sgabosch who-is-at>
Date: Tue Dec 18 2007 - 14:31:57 PST

My immediate impulse is to suggest that the kind of subject Andy is
trying to describe is one that requires a mastery of both nomothetic
AND idiographic thinking - and SOMETHING MORE, borne of both the
integration and transcendence of these forms of thinking, yet to be
clearly discovered, partially envisioned by Vygotsky and others.

This Wikipedia article is an interesting thought-provoker on the
terms nomothetic and idiographic.

For those searching around for the e-mail Mike posted Andy's article
in, here is the .pdf:

- Steve

On Dec 18, 2007, at 3:01 PM, Mike Cole wrote:

> I am unsure how to comment usefully yet on Andy's paper because I am
> struggling over the polysemy
> of
> "subject"
> But I have this thought. When Andy states that psychology is the
> study of
> the individual psych I thought to
> myself that the "individual" psyche studied by positivist methods
> that take
> group statistics to stand in the
> "the individual" are realy a reduction of the "individual" to the
> universal.
> Freud and Luria and others make
> statements about individual psychological processes that are those
> experienced by an individual. Most
> of psychology is not about this, except insofar as invariant features
> consciousness are biologically
> highly cannalized modes of acting and experiencing.
> The "idiographic/nomothetic" distinction appears seldom in our
> discussions
> What kind of subject is Andy's subject?
> mike
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