Lev Vygotsky

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Through others, we know ourselves.

Lev Semyonovich Vygotskij (November 17 [O.S. November 5] 1896June 11, 1934) was a Soviet psychologist and the founder of cultural-historical psychology.


  • "Through others, we become ourselves."
    • Vygotskij, L. S. (1987). The genesis of higher mental functions. In R. Reiber (Ed.), The history of the development of higher mental functions (Vol. 4, pp. 97-120). New York: Plennum.
  • "As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development."
    • Vygotsky, L. S. (1930) Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press p.102

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