[Marxism] Overview of forthcoming university press books (continued) (opinion)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 20 05:36:53 MDT 2018

Only one species has evolved to the point of understanding evolution 
itself. (Not all members of it, obviously.) The great apes can think, 
communicate and collaborate -- up to a point. Integrating his own 
research with the work of early Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky, 
Michael Tomasello argues in Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny 
(Harvard University Press, January 2019) that "the maturation of humans’ 
evolved capacities for shared intentionality transform these abilities … 
into uniquely human cognition and sociality." If a 4-year-old child 
lives in a more complex universe than even the most accomplished of its 
primate cousins, that reflects "the emergence of collective 
intentionality involving both authoritative adults, who convey cultural 
knowledge, and coequal peers, who elicit collaboration and communication."


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