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The Results Of This Immanent Critique

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It is Lev Vygotsky who is rightly recognized at the creative genius of this current of thought. Leontyev's Activity Theory remains in many respects a useful activity reading of Hegel's Spirit , representing how social production happens behind the backs of actors, and how human powers are objectified and activated in social practice. The project of Vygotsky's which may be of most relevance here is his unfinished theory of child development in which he posited the 'social situation of development' as the key concept by means of which he was able to construct a Gestalt, that is, a concept of the child in their immediate social environment. That is the end of the immanent critique. This chapter moves over to a different mode of exposition in which a solution to these problems will be proposed and defended.

Keywords: immanent critique; Leontyev's activity theory; Lev Vygotsky



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