Advancing Vygotsky’s legacy: interrupted argument with Fernando González Rey

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González Rey’s significant contribution is rethinking Vygotsky’s theoret-
ical legacy through re-examining the most important defining moments of Vygotsky’s work, their contemporary relevance, significance and implications. González Rey called these stages “defining moments”. In Hegel (and in Vygotsky) the concept of “moment” has a special meaning and value. For González Rey, defining moments were synonymous with “turning points”, points of a sharp change in the development path. The merit of González Rey’s work is that he perfectly demonstrated the connection of Bozhovich’s work with Vygotsky’s ideas and through this, revealed serious differences between the theoretical approaches of Vygotsky and Leontiev.
This chapter begins with the discussion on González Rey’s contribution. The second part provides my disagreements with some of González Rey considerations about the main stages of the development of cultural-historical theory (CHT). My arguments are grounded on refer to as the new reality with Vygotsky’s legacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory of Subjectivity from a Cultural-Historical Standpoint
Subtitle of host publicationGonzález Rey’s Legacy
EditorsDaniel Magalhães Goulart, Albertina Mitjáns Martínez, Megan Adams
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789811614170
ISBN (Print)9789811614163
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePerspectives in Cultural-Historical Research
ISSN (Print)2520-1530
ISSN (Electronic)2520-1549


  • cultural-historical psychology

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