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Criticisms Of Vygotsky’s Concept Of Activity

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This chapter reviews Vygotsky's concept of activity. Vygotsky is remembered for his psychological work: formation of concepts in adolescence, child development, learning disabilities, educational psychology, memory, attention, speech, cognition and so on. Vygotsky made a number of investigations in different domains of psychology, but the work the chapter concerned with his approach to the central category of psychology, consciousness. Hegel understood a social formation as a formation of consciousness. The chapter made Hegel intelligible by interpreting spirit as activity in Marx's sense. The core of Leontyev's criticism of Vygotsky's psychology was this: when a person is carrying out some action. In conclusion, the chapter says that Vygotsky's unit of analysis for the science of consciousness was joint, artifact-mediated action, meeting all the requirements which are appropriate for science in the tradition of Goethe, Hegel and Marx.

Keywords: activity; educational psychology; Goethe; Hegel; Marx; Vygotsky



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