By Andy Blunden
Andy Blunden offers an immanent critique of Cultural-Historical job idea, the present of psychology originating from Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934). Tracing the roots of this concept from Goethe, Hegel and Marx, the writer attracts out the foundations with which Vygotsky constructed a thought of the brain within which the person and their social state of affairs shape a unmarried Gestalt, transcending the issues of mind-body dualism. Blunden follows the efforts of later participants of the varsity to solve notable difficulties in Vygotsky's paintings. This encompasses a serious appropriation of Leontyev's task theory. Read more...
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The world is continuously at odds with how it should be and things continuously turn out other than we intended. The development of the individual person as well as the whole of history is the story of the resolution of this conflict. When we use a tool, we sense it as an object, and using it constrains us to act with it in a certain way. It is a norm of labor. It might be a the phenomenology and ‘formations of consciousness’ 45 sledge hammer or a tack hammer or a claw hammer, and we have to use it in a certain way, and experience ourselves using it and adapt to it.
For Hegel, it was all thought. We will presently come to how Hegel arrived at difference from this abstract beginning, but the idea of thought, of Spirit, shaping the world, served as a foundation upon which to build a philosophical system. Thought was not for Hegel something simply private and inward. Thought remains the activity of the human mind, but the content of thought is always objective things, existing outside the individual, and in turn, the objects around us which are the content of our perception and thoughts are the objectifications of the thought of other people, or ourselves.
The admiration was not reciprocated however. Goethe never took an inter- the phenomenology and ‘formations of consciousness’ 47 est in Hegel’s philosophy2 despite repeated efforts by Hegel to gain his attention for it. But Hegel certainly took from Goethe, describing himself Goethe’s “spiritual son” and both publicly and privately declaring himself a follower of Goethe, and one of the few people to support his theory of colors (Pinkard 2000). ” For Hegel a Gestalt is a ‘formation of consciousness’ understood as the dissonant unity of a way of thought, a way of life and a certain constellation3 of material culture.
An interdisciplinary theory of activity by Andy Blunden