Vygotsky's Psychology: A Biography of Ideas

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Alex Kozulin, translator of Vygotsky's work and distinguished Russian-American psychologist, has written the first major intellectual biography about Vygotsky's theories and their relationship to twentieth-century Russian and Western intellectual culture. He traces Vygotsky's ideas to their origins in his early essays on literary criticism, Jewish culture, and the psychology of art, and he explicates brilliantly his psychological theory of language, thought, and development.

Kozulin's biography of Vygotsky also reflects many of the conflicts of twentieth-century psychology—from the early battles between introspectionists and reflexologists to the current argument concerning the cultural and social, rather than natural, construction of the human mind.

Vygotsky was a contemporary of Freud and Piaget, and his tragically early death and the Stalinist suppression of his work ensured that his ideas did not have an immediate effect on Western psychology. But the last two decades have seen his psychology become highly influential while that of other theoretical giants has faded.

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Concise, practical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of yeasts in female patients. 150 color illustrations. Vygotsky (1896-1934), a contemporary of Freud and Piaget, was a major theorist of 20th century social science, although his early death and Stalinist suppression of his work ensured that his ideas did not have an immediate effect on Western psychology. Kozulin, translator of his work and distinguished Russian-American psychologist (Boston U.), presents an intellectual biography of Vygotsky, his theories, and their relationship to Russian and Western intellectual culture, both during his life and posthumously. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Times Literary Supplement
Kozulin's commentary is invaluable as a guide...Readers will dig out many significant suggestions about how psychology survived and then was revived as a subject during and after the Stalin years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674943650
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Kozulin is Research Director at the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential in Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Toward the Psychology of Art

The Psychology of Tragedy

The Crisis in Psychology

Tool and Symbol in Human Development

Thought and Language

Mind in Trouble

The Life of Ideas

Epilogue

Index

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