Tuesday, March 14th at 9:00am Pacific Daylight Savings Time
The 6th Session in the Seminar on Imagination & Creativity in Vygotsky’s Work. Contact Francine Smolucha at firstname.lastname@example.org for the ZOOM link.
The Sixth Session continues our discussion of Cognitive Linguistics. Vygotsky’s model of how verbal thought emerges from the intersection of non-verbal sensory motor thinking and vocalizations, has implications for the functional role of conceptual metaphors. As embodied meanings in linguistic expressions and words, moral metaphors influence discourse about right and wrong. How do pretend play and games contribute to the develop of moral metaphors? What other cultural activities, such as weighing things on a scale, affect moral discourse and reasoning? Also, what would moral imagination look like as a higher psychological function in a Vygotskian sense?
Readings: (Amazon provides some sample chapters)
Moral Imagination (1993) by Mark Johnson (particularly Chapter Two)
The Moral Metaphor System (2022) by Ning Yu (particularly intro & conclusion)
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Kyrill provided a link to an interesting paper (in the comments below).
Very compatible with a Vygotskian approach to moral development.
G.H. Mead is cited as describing how interpersonal relations are the basis for
moral thinking. Why not just go with a non-Marxist approach like Mead’s??????
From the paper Kyrill posted in this comments section by Carpendale, Parnell and Wallbridge proposing a Process Relational Approach:
“In contrast to the approaches we criticize, we suggest that explaining the development of moral thinking and action should begin with interpersonal relations from the perspective of a process-relational worldview. We trace the implications for minds and morality of the view that “We are what we are through our relations with others” (Mead, 1934, p. 379).”
Sometimes my comment posts but sometimes it is rejected as invalid email address:
if I retype my comment and try again it sometimes goes through.
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Mark’s very stimulating talk was about patterns in how we talk about morality. Mark suggested that his own beliefs about how morality actually happens is more pragmatist. Here’s a totally original and radical approach, briefly citing Mark’s work but primarily based on Piaget, about how this might happen.
We have 17 people signed up for the March 14th session, which still leaves room for a
few more. Contact Francine Smolucha at email@example.com to register and get the ZOOM link.