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Re: [xmca] Re: Play and the Owl of Minerva


I'm sure I'm like all the rest of us. I really, really want to believe in the vision of mastery through reason, and the capacity of the rational to conquer irrational forces. At the same time, there's a little existentialist dancing in the background who playfully suggests that it is the irrational forces that *give* life its meaning, and that reason often squeezes the life out of things. That's just one of my inner irrational impulses, I know!


On Mar 16, 2010, at 8:13 PM, David Kellogg wrote:

> Similarly, I don't think Vygotsky ever prizes volition for its own sake; it's always the freedom to produce and to create and to imagine "the good life" and to master the irrational forces which deprive life of that meaning, including those found within the self. It is in that sense that, yes, life is a game: it is meaningful through and through and to the very end. Not, I think, what the existentialists had in mind!
> David Kellogg
> Seoul National University of Education
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