Discovering the great royal seal: new reality of Vygotsky's legacy

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Abstract

The paper explores contemporary state of arts in the perception of cultural-historical theory (CHT) by the international scholarly community. On one hand, we do have a great number of publications exploring and advancing Vygotsky's legacy in many ways and directions. On the other hand, paradoxically, there is still no agreement about what CHT is as a theory, and what are its subject-matter, laws, principles and research method. The current state of arts could be expressed by the metaphorical words "Christianity without Christ". The problem is that the existing exposition of CHT appeared over 30 years back, when only a limited number of Vygotsky's original texts were available. But the new reality, with Vygotsky's legacy connected by the publication of a significant number of his unknown previously writings and recent archival findings, allows us to improve the existing exposition of CHT. This article provides an example of how this new reality brings solutions to several problems, such as 1) the title of the theory; 2) its subjectmatter and 3) the system of laws of psychological development. The last part of the paper indicates several problems and issues to resolve in discovering CHT as a wholistic theoretical system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cultural-historical theory
  • The development of higher psychological functions
  • Vygotsky

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