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An Interdisciplinary Theory Of Activity


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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction and Historical Excursus
1. Introduction
2. Soviet Cultural Psychology (1924-)
3. Goethe’s Romantic Science
4. The Young Hegel and what drove him
5. The Phenomenology and ‘formations of consciousness’
6. The Subject Matter of the Logic
7. Being, Essence & the Notion
8. Subjectivity and culture
9. Hegel’s Psychology and Spirit
10. Marx’s Critique of Hegel
11. Marx and the Foundations of Activity Theory
12. Marx’s Critique of Political Economy
13. Conclusions from this Historical Excursus

Part II. Lev Vygotsky
14. Vygotsky’s Critique of Behaviorism
15. Vygotsky and Luria on Romantic Science
16. Vygotsky on Units and Microcosms
17. Vygotsky on Gestalt and Bildung
18. The Significance of Vygotsky’s Legacy

Part III. Activity Theory
19. Activity
20. Activity as the Substance of a Science
21. Criticisms of Vygotsky’s concept of Activity
22. Leontyev’s Anatomy of Activity
23. Leontyev’s Activity Theory and Marx’s Political Economy
24. Groups as a Model of Sociality
25. Yrjö Engeström’s Model
26. Michael Cole and Cross-Cultural Psychology
27. The Results of this Immanent Critique

Part IV. An Interdisciplinary Approach
28. Collaborative Projects
29. Ethics and Collaboration
30. Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and Activity Theory
31. Towards a Taxonomy of Activity
32. Collaborative Projects and Identity
33. Collaborative Projects and Agency
34. Emancipatory science
35. Conclusion


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Title will be prominently featured at all of the academic conferences we attend
Promotion to coincide with the annual Historical Materialism conference, which has a growing academic audience (400 graduate students and professors in 2010)
Reviews will be sought from left leaning academic journals

About the Author

Andy Blunden is an independent scholar in Melbourne, Australia. Andy works with the Independent Social Research Network and the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy and has run a Hegel Summer School since 1998. Andy retired from Melbourne University in 2002.

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