Re: [xmca] Re: the Strange Situation - process and the 'non-staticness' of concepts

From: Martin Packer <packer who-is-at>
Date: Sun Oct 26 2008 - 10:19:17 PDT

Paula & David,

At the risk of seeming to perseverate (which my students, young clinical
psychologists, tell me is a clear indicator of brain damage!) can I jump in
to your discussion here? You provide us with a very nice example of the
translation of Vygotsky using the term "reflection" at a central point in
the definition of a concept. In my view such a translation is highly
misleading. It makes Vygotsky seem to say that the concept is an image, a
copy, of the object that is being conceptualized. Yet this *cannot* be what
he was saying, for reasons that Michael sketched out in a recent message.
Can we work together here to find out what the Russian word was, and how we
might better translate it?


On 10/26/08 5:20 AM, "Paula Towsey" <> wrote:

> Further, he writes that, at the time, psychology began to understand a
> concept łnot as a thing, but as a process, not as an empty abstraction, but
> as a thorough and penetrating reflection of an object of reality in all its
> complexity and diversity, in connections and relations to all the rest of
> reality˛ (1998, p. 55).

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