LEES 604 Day 3

Topic: Understanding Problem of Psychology, Activity, and Consciousness

  • Hyman, L. (2012). Vygotsky’s Crisis: Argument, context, relevance. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(2), 473–482. doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.11.007
  • Vygotsky, L. S. (1925/1997). Consciousness as a problem for the psychology of behavior. In R. W. Rieber & J. Wollock (Eds). The collected works of L.S. Vygotsky: Volume 3: Problems of the theory and history of psychology (pp63-79). New York: Plenum Press.
  • Akopov, G. V. (2009). The Problem of Consciousness in Russian Psychology. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, 47(5), 3–25. doi:10.2753/RPO1061-0405470501


  1. Logistical issues
    • Anything
  2. Lisa summary slides
  3. Review discussion summary from last class session
  4. Participant led reading summaries and discussions. Make sure we end with a good understanding of following concepts:
    • Crisis
    • Consciousness
    • Review introspection
    • What is the problem with equating study of animal psychology to human psychology.
  5. Resources mentioned in readings to investigate:
  6. Review Reading Responsibility Guide
  7. Questions
  8. Readings for next class
    • Text: van Oers et al. Chapter 3
    • Text: van Oers et al. Chapter 4
    • Leontiev, A. N. (1981). The problem of activity in psychology. In J. V. Wertsch (Ed.), The concept of activity in Soviet psychology (pp. 37-71). New York: M. E. Sharpe.

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