Towards a Vygotskian Theory of the Self

  • Benjamin Lee
  • James V. Wertsch
  • Addison Stone
Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)

Abstract

Vygotsky proposed his theoretical framework in an attempt to deal with what he saw as the “crisis in psychology”. Although he was speaking of a crisis that existed in the early part of the twentieth century, his critique and proposals have a great deal of relevance for today’s Western social science. The crisis Vygotsky saw was that there was no broad philosophical foundation or metapsychological theory upon which to build an integrated explanation of hypotheses and empirical findings. Quoting Brentano, Vygotsky (1956) wrote that “there exist many psychologies, but there does not exist a single psychology” (p. 57). As Vygotsky went on to point out, the implications of this are quite serious.

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Expense Sponge Posit Sorb 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • James V. Wertsch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Addison Stone
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Psychosocial StudiesUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityUSA

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