Article ID: CBB001551417

Searching for the Microcosm: A Glimpse into the Roots of Vygotsky's Holism (2015)


Cornejo, Carlos (Author)

History of the Human Sciences
Volume: 28, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 72-92

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Vygotsky in His, Our and Future Times
Language: English

In this article, I examine Vygotsky's holism by considering his usage of `microcosm' and chronicling the term's origin and development. This exploration leads first to Spinoza's monism as the primordial source of Vygotsky's holism. Then, I present the notion of microcosm in the context of German Romanticism and J. W. Goethe. Humboldt's Cosmos and Lotze's Microcosmus are presented as 19th-century exemplars of the holistic tradition. Finally, I examine Vygotsky's usage of the term `microcosm' and argue that this concept cannot be fully understood outside the long tradition of holism in western philosophy. This understanding helps to explain apparent contradictions in his texts as well as affinities with his contemporaries' philosophy of life and German holistic approaches.

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Authors & Contributors
Yasnitsky, Anton
Ferrari, Michel
Goldstein, Amanda Jo
Butler, Judith
Largier, Niklaus
Francois, Anne-Lise
History of the Human Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
University of Chicago Press
Cambridge University Press
St. Martin's Press
Pennsylvania State University Press
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Mind and body
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Vygotskii, Lev Semenovich
Thoreau, Henry David
Humboldt, Alexander von
Darwin, Erasmus
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
Soviet Union
Great Britain
United States

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