Professor in Cultural Learning – University of Aarhus – Denmark

Collective and common

Collective

Collectivity arise when we come to share concepts that make us percieve the material world in the same collective ways. This expression is used by Vygotsky :

“A special feature of human perception — which arises at a very young age — is the perception of real objects. This is something for which there is no analogy in animal perception. By this term I mean that I do not see the world simply in color and shape but also as a world with sense and meaning. I do not merely see something round and black with two hands; I see a clock and I can distinguish one hand from the other (Vygotsky 1978, 33). “?

 

The word-sign “brown throathed trush” is internalized with meaning – and meaning is not semantic.From being an object belonging to a category it becomes a concept soaked with meaning.

Some, like Gibson, might claim sharedness comes from the objects themselves in the world – they afford particular experiences. A dress affords dressing in it, a chair affords sitting on it. A clock affords seeing what time it is?

Gibson was inspired by Bentano. Our consciousness has direction and valence. (se “intentionalitet”). Consciousness has directionality – and this comes from? Mental excertion is directed against an object – or rather noema (Husserl)

Collectivity and materiality 

Materials and people

Even birds are meaningful to some and not to others

Meaningful symbolic bird