PSIC1127B Vygotsky: Thought And Languaje

Lev Vygotsky is rapidly becoming one of the most influential psychologists of the 21st century, even though he was born over a hundred years ago, and died at the age of only 37. Vygotsky’s formulation of the project for a new, revolutionary psychology, a cultural-­‐historical psychology, has fascinated students, researchers and scholars in the West since his work was first translated in the 1960s. Now new translations, uncensored and unabridged, permit a fresh appreciation of his ideas. In this course, we will read a new translation of Thought and Language, by David Kellogg. This text, part of which was dictated by Vygotsky on his death-­‐bed, is truly a culmination of his ideas and research. Our aim will be to achieve a deep understanding of the problem he was seeking to solve, the methodology he developed, and the project for a new psychology, which he offered us.