One is not Born a
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One is not Born a
“One is Not Born A Personality” was first published
in 1980, just as a resurgence of interest in Vygotsky and his followers
began in the late 1970s. This book, although long out of print, is
still widely cited by contemporary scholars interested in the
development of the “cultural-historical” school of
psychology, as Vygotsky’s approach came to be called. In part
this interest stems from the fact that in his role as a journalist,
Karl Levitin was able to obtain interviews with many of the key figures
who had known and worked with Vygotsky before his death in 1934, and
who continued his tradition into the post-war era. In part interest in
Karl’s writings stems from the fact that Soviet scholars were
either entirely inaccessible to foreigners or enabled to interact with
them only under strict constraints that precluded deep understand and
friendship. By providing an account of both the intellectual
contributions and personalities of the people he wrote about, the
abstractions of Soviet psychology came alive in a special way. This
publication gives readers access to the original material, gathered
through personal interviews.
Biographical History of Soviet Psychology,
by Karl Levitin
with prefaces by Mike Cole and Vladimir Zinchenko
Erythros Press and Media, LLC has brought the work
back into print and included extra material. Most of the section on
Meshcheryakov has been replaced by an extended version published as
“The Best Path to Man,” as published in Soviet
Psychology in 1979. Also
included are biographical tributes to the author by Vladimir Zinchenko
and Michael Cole.
Substantial sections are devoted to the lives of Lev Vygotsky,
Alexander Luria, Alexei Nikolayevich Leontyev, Alexander Meshcheryakov
and Vasili Davydov, as well as short biographical sketches of Alvin
Apraushev, Pavel Blonsky, Lydia Bozhovich, Georgy Chelpanov, Daniil
El'konin, Pyotr Galperin, Evald Ilyenkov, Yevgania Khomskaya,
Konstantin Kornilov, Nikolai Lange, Rosa Levina, Raisa Mareyeva,
Natalya Morozova, Artur Petrovsky, Sergei Rubenstein, Georgy
Schredovitsky, Olga Skorodhodova, Liya Slavina, Anatoli Smirnov,
Alexander Sokolov, Ivan Sokolyanky, Lyubov Tsvetkova, Mikhail
Yaroshevsky, Alexander Zaporozhets and Vladimir Zinchenko.
Published with permission of the Levitin Estate. All the proceeds from the
sale of this book are paid to Karl Levitin's surviving family.
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