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

  • Seth Chaiklin
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.
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TidsskriftTheory & Psychology
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)3-26
Peer reviewJa
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