The unity of intellect and will: Vygotsky and Spinoza

  title={The unity of intellect and will: Vygotsky and Spinoza},
  author={Jan Derry},
  journal={Educational Review},
  pages={113 - 120}
  • J. Derry
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Educational Review
Jerome Bruner points out in his prologue to the first volume of the English translation of The Collected Works that Vygotsky flirts with the idea that language creates free will. This article attempts to consider the influence of the Dutch seventeenth‐century philosopher Spinoza on Vygotsky. An account of Spinoza's anti‐Cartesian conception of will is given, to which Vygotsky recognizes his indebtedness. We will consider elements of Spinoza's philosophy that were important to Vygotsky's theory… 
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