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  1. The Origins ofCultural Historical Activity Theory Talk by Andy Blunden, April 2010

  2. Descartes and Consciousness Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

  3. “I think, therefore I am!” ?

  4. Mind/matter: Ontological distinction Subject/Object:Epistemological relation Descartes

  5. Herder and CultureThe Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment Johann Gottfried Herder(1744-1803)

  6. God/Nature is Active Everyone has their Schwerpunkt ! Herder

  7. Goetheand Romantic Science (1749-1832) Gestalt

  8. Urphänomen Goethe

  9. Hegel(1770-1831) Subject-Object Thought-object / Artefact

  10. Formation of Consciousness The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) • Way of thinking • Way of Life • Constellation of artefacts

  11. Concept

  12. “I/Me dialectic” Hegel’s Idealism Hegel’s Psychology

  13. Readings The full text of this talk can be found at http://home.mira.net/~andy/works/origins-chat.htm Recommended readings are at: • Ilyenkov, E., (2009) “Dialectical Logic,” The Ideal in Human Activity, Erythrós Press and • Hegel (2009), “Hegel’s Logic” with a Foreword by Andy Blunden, Erythrós Press. Selections from Classical German Philosophy are at http://www.marxists.org/subject/philosophy/german.htm Questions and discussion with the author are welcome with Andy Blunden: ablunden@mira.net

  14. Marx and Activity Part Two of talk by Andy Blunden on the Origins of Cultural Historical Activity Theory, April 2010

  15. Marx’s Critique of Hegel (1818-1883)

  16. Feuerbach and Hegel

  17. Theses on Feuerbach Herder – Fichte - Hess

  18. “Practical-critical Activity” Theses on Feuerbach

  19. The German Ideology • The Real Individuals • Their Activity, and • the Material Conditions

  20. The Method of Political Economy “The concrete is the concentration of many determinations ...It appears in the process of thinking, therefore, as a process of concentration, as a result, not as a point of departure, even though it is the point of departure in reality.”

  21. Preface to Capital “In bourgeois society, the commodity-form of the product of labour — or value-form of the commodity — is the economic cell-form.”

  22. The Commodity

  23. 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte * Men make their own history, but under circumstances given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. ... they anxiously conjure up spirits of the past, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes. *

  24. In Conclusion http://lchc.ucsd.edu/mca/Paper/Genealogy-CHAT.htm

  25. Readings • The full text of this talk can be found at http://home.mira.net/~andy/works/origins-chat.htm#marx • The recommended readings from Marx are at http://marx.org/archive/marx/works/sw/course/xmca.pdf • Questions and discussion with the author are welcome with Andy Blunden: ablunden@mira.net • Further reading on these ideas are found in “An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity,” by Andy Blunden