Psicologia em Estudo
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ROMANELLI, Nancy. The methodological question in the vigotskian production and marxist dialectics. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.2, pp. 199-208. ISSN 1413-7372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722011000200003.
In this essay, we attempt to approach certain formulations posed by Vigotski in the methodological field. Highlighting the notable influence of Marx's and Engel's ideas upon the work of the byelorussian psychologist, we have aimed at: a) pointing out Vigotski's criticism to the simplistic applications of historical and dialectical materialism to psychology; b) bringing back the proposal elaborated by the author to the general psychology; c) indicating certain methodological instruments elaborated by the psychologist himself; d) identifying, in Vigotski's theoretical and methodological search, the marxist dialectical presuppositions. The undertaking, in this present study, of Vigotski's methodological inquiries has brought forth the following preliminary conclusions: a) the specific search and the general formulations represent two indissoluble levels in the cultural-historical approach; b) the dialectical-materialist analysis of psychology's epistemological dilemmas is directly linked to the broader field of scientific production; c) the specific manner by which Vigotski has integrated the marxist legacy to psychology is potentially able to contribute, also, to other areas of knowledge.
Keywords : Dialectical materialism; Vigotski; method.