The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky: Volume 1: Problems of General Psychology, Including the Volume Thinking and Speech

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1987 - Education - 396 pages
The Collected Works of Lev Semonovich Vygotsky comprise a series of six volumes, originally published in Moscow by Pedagogika between 1982 and 1984 and comprising the work done by Vygotsky between 1924 and his early death in 1934. The present vol ume is the first of this series to appear in English but it is actually Volume 2 in the Russian series. It contains a complete rendition of Thinking and Speech (which may be known to English readers as Thought and Language, the title assigned to an abridged, interpretative translation by Hanfmann and Vakar in 1962) and five Lectures in Psy chology which are here published for the first time in English and essentialIy comprise Vygotsky's systematization of psychological theory and data in respect to the develop ment in childhood of perception, memory, thinking, emotions, imagination, and will. The volumes which are yet to appear in English are respectively concerned with: (1) theory and history of psychology; (2) problems of developmental psychology; (3) child and adolescent psychology; (4) "defectology" (or "special education" in American par lance); and (5) a "scientific archive" consisting of a critique of Spinoza's studies of the passions and an important essay, "Tool and Sign. " The decision by the Translator and Editors to render the title of the first segment of this volume, Mysclzlenie i Rech', as Thinking and Speech and not as Thought and Language, as it was previously translated, was a very intentional one.
 

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Contents

Prologue to the English Edition
1
An Introduction
17
Preface
39
The Problem of Speech and Thinking in Piagets Theory
53
Sterns Theory of Speech Development
93
The Genetic Roots of Thinking and Speech
101
An Experimental Study of Concept Development
121
The Development of Scientific Concepts in Childhood
167
Peception and Its Development in Childhood
289
Memory and Its Development in Childhood
301
Thinking and Its Development in Childhood
311
Emotions and Their Development in Childhood
325
Imagination and Its Development in Childhood
339
Afterword to the Russian Edition
359
Notes to the Russian Edition
375
Author Index
391

Thought and Word
243

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