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Re: [xmca] Smolucha - pronunciation/genealogy (Systems of functions & Aristotelian concepts)
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- From: Anton Yasnitsky <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:09:38 -0700 (PDT)
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I regard mediation etc.pretty vague and, therefore, virtually meaningless. Also I regard the whole research program of Vygotsky Circle of their instrumental period of 1920s
mechanistic indeed, and this conclusion I borrow primarily from Vygotsky's own texts in which he severely criticized their own ideas of that period.
Finally, yes, I do find the sharp separation of all psychological functions (whatever this means) into either the higher or the lower binary, rigid, valuative, and pretty much Aristotelian,
in Lewin's terminology. Under Lewin's strong influence Vygotsky realized the flaw in his conceptual system and made a serious effort at making the transition from
Aristotelian to Galileian in his own thinking, but, quite unfortunately, by the time this transition in many respects was made, he did not have too much time to live:
a couple of years, not more. Which is a pity, indeed.
From: Andy Blunden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Anton Yasnitsky <email@example.com>; "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:58:37 PM
Subject: Re: [xmca] Smolucha - pronunciation/genealogy (Systems of functions)
So Anton, you regard mediation of psychlogical functions by cultural artefacts as "mechanistic" and "binary"?
Anton Yasnitsky wrote:
> Right, this is exactly my point: much criticized for fairly mechanistic distinction between the lower and the higher in his earlier work of 1920s, Vygotsky rejected this binary opposition in his later writings of the 1930, although he kept using phrases "higher functions" or, rather, "higher processes" and the like.
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