The meaning and origin of the activity concept in Soviet psychology: – with primary focus on A.N. Leontiev’s approach

Seth Chaiklin

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    The concept of activity in Soviet psychology reflects a fundamental
    ontological assumption about the dynamic internal relation between person
    and world, arising from a person’s intentional action, which draws on
    historically developed traditions of action. The article gives a deeper
    understanding of the activity concept by examining the historical process
    by which the concept was formed, providing a compact conceptual
    overview of the concept, formulated as a series of assumptions and
    implications. A conceptual dialectic is offered to explain the historical
    development of the concept, along with a chronological overview. This
    analysis shows that the concept of activity emerged collectively among
    Soviet researchers, and cannot be located as the discovery or introduction
    by a single person (such as A.N. Leontiev, who is often associated with the
    concept). It is suggested that a practice concept should be introduced to
    distinguish historical traditions of action from psychological activity.
    TidsskriftTheory & Psychology
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)3-26
    StatusUdgivet - 6 mar. 2019


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