Category Archives: Wittgenstein

Constructing Resourceful or Mutually Enabling Communities

The whole idea of being a “participant,” of being an involved actor as distinct from being an “external observer” standing over against or apart from what one is learning about or researching into, is crucial in everything that follows below. … Continue reading

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What is the “Social” in “Social Development”?

While I chose to title my talk today “What is the ‘social’ in ‘social development‘?” it could just as easily have been “What is ‘development’ in ‘social development’?” For the term ‘social development’ is, I believe, expressive of some fundamental … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein’s Philosophy and Action Research

Read In my brief contribution to this discussion, I want to suggest that an understanding of Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, and the recognition of its striking differences from any previous philosophical works, can make some important contributions to all the issues … Continue reading

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Organizing multi-voiced organizations – action guiding anticipations and the continuous creation of novelty

Read Bakhtin’s ideas of polyphony and dialogism are explored as ways of organising our own human affairs. Traditionally, language has been thought of as an already established, self-contained system of linguistic communication that sets out a set of rules or … Continue reading

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Activating Postmodernism – postmodernism and activity theory

Read This article articulates the relationship between postmodernism and activity theory. Specifically, it is argued that a synthesis of postmodern psychology and activity theory can be effected such that (a) activity theory is transformed from a progressive, albeit modernist, theory … Continue reading

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Dialogical dynamics – inside the Moment of Speaking

I have been centrally influenced in the dialogical approach I take to interpersonal communication, not by the theories of Wittgenstein, Vygotsky, Bakhtin, and Voloshinov, but by certain specific utterances or expressions in their writings. As I see it, all communication … Continue reading

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