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ERIC Number: EJ864895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1911
Activity Theory and Ontology
Peim, Nick
Educational Review, v61 n2 p167-180 May 2009
This paper seeks to re-examine Yrio Engestrom's activity theory as a technology of knowledge designed to enable positive transformations of specific practices. The paper focuses on a key paper where Engestrom defines the nature and present state of activity theory. Beginning with a brief account of the relations between activity theory and ontology, the paper asserts that Engestrom's take on Vygotsky is restricted by a commitment to a progressive, apolitical ideology of improvement. The paper goes on to consider Vygotsky's metaphysics in relation to Heidegger's elaboration of ontology, and Engestrom's elaboration of what activity theory is and of its global mission. Engestrom's activity theory is defined in terms of its expression of a will-to-power and is questioned in terms of its lack of engagement with the philosophical tradition it claims to inherit and its misappropriation of the Vygotskian legacy. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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