Andy Blunden’s Writings

All texts listed on this page are authored by Andy Blunden and may be freely reproduced in any format provided only that the author is attributed. The author retains rights to distribute the material notwithstanding any claim by others, as per the Creative Commons licence, unless they have been published by another publisher already. * marks what I regard as my most significant papers.

2017

Articles

On Political Representation, April 2017
Hegel On Action,* July 2017
Spinoza in the history of Cultural Psychology and Activity Theory, November 2017

Audio

Origins of Collective Decision Making, 20 min talk (audio)

Notes and Drafts

A note on Marx vs. the philosophers, May 2017
Concluding Remarks, August 2017

2016

Articles

The Origins of Collective Decision Making (Synopsis), April 2016
Solidarity,* June 2016, with Lynn Beaton
Translating perezhivanie into English,* for special issue of MCA, November 2016
An Ontology of Social Life,* November 2016

Reviews

Anthony Giddens and Structuration,* February 2016
Capital through the Hegelian Looking-glass,* March 2016
Virtue and Utopia, review of Benjamin Franks' Anarchism and the Virtues,* August 2016
Response to Simon Lumsden on Second Nature,* December 2016
Response to Heikki Ikäheimo on "Normative Essentialism",* December 2016

Talks

Paradigms of Collective Decision Making, talk at Manchester Social Movements Conference, March 2016
How can we grasp a process as a whole?,* for Époque Conference, Ioannina, May 2015
Artefact-mediated Intersubjectivity for a Non-metaphysical Appropriation of Hegel,* for Conference of Australian Hegel Soicety, Sept 2016

Notes and Drafts

Hegel on Means and Ends, August 2016

Obituary

Lynn Beaton (1946-2016), June 2016

Audio

Talk on Hegel, Marx and Lenin, (audio) May 2016

2015

Articles

The Germ Cell of Vygotsky’s Science,* in Vygotsky and Marx: Toward a Marxist Psychology, March 2015
Tool and Sign in Vygotsky’s Development,* March 2015
Something worth dying for?* Arena Magazine issue 136, March 2015
Vaccine Hesitancy,* Arena Magazine issue 138, April 2015
Goethe, Hegel and Marx,* for Science & Society July 2015
Leontyev’s Activity Theory and Social Theory,* August 2015
Engeström’s Activity Theory and Social Theory,* August 2015
Fedor Vasilyuk’s Psychology of Life-projects,* August 2015
The Concept of Object,* September 2015
Collaborative Ethics,* December 2015
English Revolution and the Quakers, December 2015
Myles Horton and the Highlander, December 2015
Eleanor Garst and Women Strike for Peace, December 2015

Book

The Origins of Collective Decision Making

Videos

The Concepts of CHAT,* single PDF with PPT slides and links to reading and videos
The Concepts of CHAT,* video recordings of talks for MSCP, January-February 2015
The Concepts of Activity Theory,* with reading material, for MSCP Summer School, 22 Jan - 9 Feb 2015

2014

Articles

The Three Elements of the Concept in Hegel’s Logic, April 2014
Word Meaning is Important, June 2014
Spanish translation: El significado de la palabra es importante
Russian translation: Znachenie Slova
The Problem of the Environment. A Defence of Vygotsky,* June 2014
The Germ Cell and the Unit of Analysis,* June 2014
Activity as Project. The Case of Asbestos,* September 2014
The Invention of the Nicaraguan Sign Language,* December 2014
Matter and Consciousness,* December 2014

Obituary

Bill Deller (1949-2014), Eulogy 8 November 2014

2013

Articles

Power, Activity and Human Flourishing,* January 2013
Spanish translation: El Poder, la Actividad y la Plenitud Humana
Portuguese translation: Poder, atividade e a prosperidade humana
The Proletariat and Self-Emancipation,* February 2013
Vygotsky AND Activity Theory, November 2013
The miracle fiber exposed as a deadly threat, with Lynn Beaton.

Reviews

Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization by Eugene Gogol, for Marx & Philosophy. Review of Books, February 2013
On Jodi Dean’s “Society doesn’t exist”, March 2013

Book

Collaborative Projects. An Interdisciplinary Study

Texts for Course

An “Action”, for Hegel + CHAT Symposium, April 2013
Artefacts and Mediation, for Hegel + CHAT Symposium, April 2013
Projects and Concepts, for Hegel + CHAT Symposium, April 2013
Essence: Reflection, Appearance and Actuality, for Hegel + CHAT Symposium, May 2013

Glossary

Glossary of Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) *

2012

Articles

Wittgenstein and Concepts, March 2012
Jamison: the life and death of social movements,* March 2012
Corporate Manslaughter Laws in Australia,* (pdf) May 2012
The Fine Granules of History’s Sediment, in Critical Sociology, June 2012
Project as an Interdisciplinary Concept,* September 2012
The Formation of the Concept of “Collaborative Learning Space”,* November 2012
Non-linear Processes and the Dialectic,* December 2012

Interview

Critical Reflections on Contemporary Sociocultural and Activity Issues, for ISCAR Newsletter, October 2012

Notes and Drafts

Ontogenesis, Ethnogenesis, Sociogenesis and Phylogenesis,* October 2012
Commentary on Yrjö Engeström’s 7-step process of Concept Formation, in Mind, Culture and Activity, November 2012

Videos

Concepts. Part 1, video interview with Anthony Barra January 2012
Concepts. Part 2, video interview with Anthony Barra January 2012

2011

Talks at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The Mind from Descartes to Hegel, January 2011
Marx & Modernity: Mind, Culture & Activity, January 2011
Vygotsky & the Concept of Consciousness, January 2011
Is Science a Humanity?, January 2011
Units and Motives in Activity Theory, January 2011
Projects and the problem of Context, January 2011
Vygotsky’s Theory of Child Development,* January 2011

Articles

The Critical Appropriation of Hegel, July 2011.
Sources of Cultural Psychology: German Science, French Social Theory and American Pragmatism, July 2011.
Vygotsky on the Development of Concepts, August 2011
Brandom on Concepts, September 2011
Review of The Formation of Reason, by David Bakhurst, September 2011
Paulo Freire’s Intellectual Roots: Hegel, October 2011

Notes and Drafts

Vygotsky on Concepts and Activity, August 2011
What a Concept is, August 2011
On Gary Clark's ‘From Little Things Social Catastrophes Grow’, December 2011

Book

Concepts. A Critical Approach,*

2010

Talks

How Hegel put Goethe’s Urphänomen to Philosophical Use, for Hegel, Goethe and the Planet, January 2010
German translation: Wie Hegel Goethes Urphänomen philosophisch nutzbar machte, in Topos Internationale Beiträge zur dialektischen Theorie
The Origins of Cultural Historical Activity Theory,* (Marx Readings) February 2010
The Urphänomen and the Absolute, for Hegel and Religion, March 2010
Hegel’s Psychology,* December 2010

Articles

The Psychology of Concepts, July 2010.
The Concept in Hegel’s Logic, August 2010
Concepts, a Critical Approach. Introduction, October 2010

Reviews

Review of Hegel and Mind. Rethinking Philosophical Psychology, by Richard Dien Winfield. 2010, November 2010
Psychology and the Zeitgeist,* Review for Theory & Psychology, January 2010
Commentary on Editorial in MCA vol. 17, number 1, for Mind, Culture and Activity, February 2010
Heidegger and the Philosophy of Property, April 2010
Hutchins on Trobriand reasoning, June 2010
Social Situation of Development and a Child’s Needs, review of Lydia Bozhovich on Vygotsky, August 2010

Notes and Drafts

The Genesis of the Concept, August 2010.
The Story of the Concept, August 2010
Fictitious Capital, September 2010
The Development of Concepts, November 2010
Vygotsky’s Concept of “Unit of Analysis”, December 2010
On the Criterion of Truth, December 2010

Notebooks

Hegel on Education. A selection of quotes from Hegel.
Notes on Goethe’s Urphänomen, for Hegel, Goethe and the Planet, January 2010
conversations on perezhivanie, 2010
Notes on perezhivanie, 2010
Mapping of Concepts across Theories, (table) March 2010

2009

Articles

From where did Vygotsky get his Hegelianism?, March 2009
Reading “Capital”,* June 2009
Forms of Radical Subjectivity,* July 2009
The Semiotics of Martyrdom,* July 2009
Critical Realism and Reality,* November 2009
Criticisms of Vygotsky’s concept of Activity, December 2009

Book

An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity

Notes and Drafts

Ethics and why the Financial Crisis is insoluble, revised book review for Arena Magazine, January 2009
Aggregate Demand, February 2009
Hegel and Activity, March 2009
Goethe’s Romantic Science, March 2009
Marx and Activity Theory, April 2009
Vygotsky’s Critique of Psychological Science, May 2009
Soviet Cultural Psychology, June 2009
Spanish translation: Psicologia_cultural_sovietica
A Differentiated and Re-integrated Gestalt, June 2009
The US exploits the rest of the world to postpone its own civil war, June 2009
When is a concept really a concept?, September 2009
Vygotsky's view on Scientific and Everyday concepts, October 2009
Emancipatory science, December 2009

Diagram

Genealogy of Cultural Historical Activity Theory,* November 2009

2008

Articles

Vygotsky's Idea of Gestalt and its Origin, in Theory & Psychology, March 2008
Claude Lévi-Strauss: Anti-Historicism and the Algerian War, May 2008
Foreword to Hegel’s Logic,* for Erythrós Press, July 2008
An Interdisciplinary Concept of Activity,* in Critical Social Studies. Outlines, September 2008
Vygotsky's Unfinished Theory of Child Development, for Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition , July 2008

Notes and Drafts

The Semiotics of Suffering, March 2008
ourgov.com, on Kevin Rudd's 2020 Conference, April 2008
Social Movements, Science and History: A Response to Eugene Matusov, for “Culture & Psychology,” August 2008
Getting under the Skin of Liberalism, book review for Arena Magazine, August 2008
Two disasters is better than one, October 2008
Collaboration for the sake of it, October 2008
Now is an ideal moment to reinvest in public housing, October 2008
Contribution to an xmca discussion on CHAT and sociology, November 2008

2007

Articles

The Subject Matter of Hegel’s Logic,* a response to An Introduction to Hegel, by Stephen Houlgate, March 2007
Hegel on “state of nature”, April 2007
Masters, Servants and Mediation, May 2007
Hegel, Recognition and Intersubjectivity,* a response to Hegel’s Ethics of Recognition, by Robert R. Williams, May 2007
The Missing Mediation in Pragmatic Interpretations of Hegel* for ASCP Conference, (video) December 2007

Notes and Drafts

The Subject, Draft of unfinished book
Can an organisation have an intention?, January 2007
Althusser’s Subjected Subject, February 2007
Hegel and the Master-Servant Dialectic: Commentary on excerpts from Hegel, April 2007
The Young Hegel against Liberalism, June 2007
Noel Pearson and John Howard’s proposals for Indigenous Welfare, June 2007
The Nature of Hegel’s Spirit, July 2007
The Abstract General and Social Solidarity, July 2007
How is rational discussion possible on a mass scale?, August 2007
The Individual as a Bearer of Rights and Duties within a Pragmatic Hegelian conception of Subjectivity, October 2007
Sources of Activity Theory, November 2007

Video

Hegel: The First Cultural-Historical Psychologist (video), October 2007

2006

Articles

Marx and Class Consciousness, Talk at Socialist Party Summer School, 4/5th February 2006
Why Marx was not an Atheist, talk to the Atheist Society, June 2006
Critical Theory and Psychology,* June 2006
Free Will and the Analytical Mind*, a review of Mind. A Brief Introduction, by John R Searle, July 2006
Modernity, the Individual and the foundations of CHAT, for Mind, Culture and Activity, November 2006

Talk

“All that is Solid Melts into Air ...”, for Hegel Summer School, February 2006

Articles

Marx: The Alienated Subject, Chapter 9 of The Subject, January 2006
C S Peirce: Semiosis, the Subject as Sign-Activity, Chapter 10 of The Subject, March 2006
The Subject: Philosophical Foundations, Chapter 11 of The Subject March 2006
The Politics of Happiness, a response to Clive Hamilton, Quarterly Essay, March 2006
Overview of a dialogue between scientists and humanists, Les Treilles, France, May 2006
The Subject of Consciousness, for Journal of Physiology, Paris, May 2006
The Individual, Chapter 12 of The Subject, November 2006
Neuropsychology, Chapter 13 of The Subject, August 2006
Phylogeny, Chapter 14 of The Subject, August 2006
The Feeling Neurobiologist, a review of Looking for Spinoza, by Antonio Damasio, August 2006
On periodic processes in history, for Independent Social Research Network, September 2006
Wallerstein: Utopistics and Simplistics, for Independent Social Research Network, September 2006
Individual Agency, review of paper in Mind, Culture and Activity, October 2006

2005

Articles

The Poststructuralist Subject, review of Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory, by Chris Weedon, April 2005
The Cult of Safety,* published in Arena Magazine, April 2005
Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, May 2005
Subjectivity, Recognition and Objectification, talk at Hegel Summer School, 18 February 2005
The Poststructuralist Subject, review of Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory, by Chris Weedon, April 2005
Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, May 2005
Subjectivity, Redistribution & Recognition,* published in Recognition in Politics, March 2007
The Semiotics of Martyrdom,* published in Arena Magazine, February 2006
False Heroes and Villains,* July 2005

Notes and Drafts

Subjectivity and Semiotics, January 2005
Why the Anxiety?, submitted to Eureka Street, January 2005
On Method, February 2005
Introduction to “Marx Myths and Legends”,* March 2005
Review of Moshe Postone's Time, Labor, and social domination, March 2005
Hegemony and Amphictony, May 2005
Nancy Fraser’s Status model and the Identity model of Recognition, June 2005
Judith Butler’s Abstract General Subject, review of Contingent Foundations, by Judith Butler, August 2005
Foucault’s Discursive Subject, September 2005
Is Poverty a Linguistic Construct?, published in Arena Magazine, October/November 2005
What is Poverty?, November 2005
The Subject. Introduction,* October 2005
The First Subject: Aristotle, October 2005
The Renaissance Subject, October 2005
Kant: The Sovereign Individual Subject, November 2005
Johann Fichte: The Subject as Activity,* December 2005
Hegel: The Idea of the Subject, December 2005
Hegel: The Subject as Concept, December 2005
Hegel: The Subject as Self-consciousness, December 2005

2004

Talk

Solidarity, Recognition, Subjectivity and Mediation, Hegel Summer School 20th February 2004
Social Solidarity vs Social Capital,* talk at Capacity Building Forum, July 2004
What’s wrong with “social capital”, talk at New International Bookshop, 12th May 2004
Recognition, Trust and Emancipation, talk to Atheists Society 10th August 2004
The Politics of Fear, talk for Rural Australians for Refugees, November 2004

Articles

Nancy Fraser on Recognition and Redistribution,* March 2004
Dependency: The need for an historical Critique,*, published in Arena April 2004
Bourdieu on Status, Class and Culture,* May 2004
Capital Investment, published in Eureka Street, June 2004
Some Comments on the Blue Book on Social Capital, published in Arena July 2004
A different way of building ‘social capital’, published in D!SSENT Spring 2004
The Politics of Fear,* submitted to Arena Journal, November 2004

Notes and Drafts

Tony Vinson on Social Cohesion March 2004
Mark Latham, Mass Capitalism and the Stakeholder Society April 2004
Equality of what for whom? submitted to The New Internationalist April 2004
The problem of status orders, June 2004
Kicking Australia’s welfare recipients, published in Arena Magazine, February 2005
19 Theses on the Politics of Scaremongering, October 2004
Recognition, November 2004

Unfinished Book

Social Solidarity versus Social Capital,* Draft April 2004

2003

Book

For Ethical Politics,* February 2003

Reviews

Political Liberalism: Review of John Rawls’ book,* March 2003
Amartya Sen: Review of Amartya Sen on well-being and critical voice,* March 2003
Fukuyama: Review: Fukuyama on Recognition and Trust,* May 2003
Justice and Tradition: Review of Alasdair MacIntyre’s Whose Justice? Which Rationality?,* May 2003
Lindsay Tanner: Review of Lindsay Tanner’s Open Australia, March 2003
Mark Latham: Review of Civilising Global Capital, May 2003
Globalisation and its Managers: Review of several books on Globalisation, May 2003
On Social Capital: Review of several books on Social Capital, July 2003
In the beginning was the Word: On Habermas’s Inclusion of the Other, August 2003
Honneth’s “Struggle for Recognition”, December 2003

Talks

Towards a Critque of Alliance Politics, Hegel Summer School February 2003
Ethical Politics, talk for Radio National, October 2003
Definitions of Ethical Politics, (Speaker’s notes) October 2003
Ethical Politics and Alliance Politics, Arena Magazine, Dec 2003

2001

Talks

What is the most important question of social science?, for Argentinian discussion
The Vygotsky School, talk for Hegel Summer School, 23rd February 2001
Practical Dialectic, contribution to Panel, 24th February 2001
Overview of Ethics, opening discussion on Ethical Politics, March 2001
Property, preparatory article before Hegel Summer School 2002

2000

Drafts and Notes

Getting to Know Hegel, talk at Hegel, Marx and Derrida, Hegel Summer School, 18/19 February 2000
The Encyclopedia
The Historical Fate of Hegel’s Doctrine
The Abstractions We Build for Ourselves
The Social Relations Determined by Capital

Debate

Is Marx really Necessary?, dialogue with Neville Spencer, 23 March 2000

Talks

Couldn’t we Live Perfectly Well Without Money? for Public Meeting, 15 Sep 2000
Building for Collaborative Learning, talk to staff at Melbourne Uni., 18 October 2000

1999

Unfinished Drafts for a book

Capital, Labour & Class Struggle
in the period of postmodern capitalism
Introduction
Labour & Capital
Organisation of Capital
Voluntary Organisation
Class Struggle
Summary of results of ABS survey of volunteering in Australia

Talks

The Logic of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Hegel Seminar, 18th June 1999
Postmodern Capitalism, for Rethinking Marxism, Woolongong 11 Nov 1999

1998

Notes

Knowledge & Value
Knowledge for Sale
Liberation Epistemology
Classical Epistemology
The Value of Mathematics
Perception under the microscope
Knowledge & Value
Essence as Value
Theories of Value
Dutch translation: Theoriëen over waarde
Post-Structuralism
1841
Ethical Values
Structuralism
National Values
Marxism

1997 and before

Book

Meaning of Hegel’s Logic

Article

Vygotsky and the Dialectical Method.

Barbed Wire, a column in Militant

Hanging out to dry, July 1997
I’ll have what she’s having, October 1997
The Archbishop and the Pimp, November 1997
Startling New Poll Findings, February 1998
Welcome students to Philosophy 101, March 1998
Labour Hire, April 1998

Book

Stalinism: Its Origin & Future,* 1993

Articles

End of an Illusion, 30 August 1991
On the Class Nature of the Soviet Union, 9 August 1991

Book

Beyond Betrayal, 1991

Talk

Planned Economy and Workers Control, talk to meeting of Trotskyists, March 1991

Articles

The Chinese Road to Socialism, June 1989
The Vietnamese Trotskyists, June 1987
My Experience with Trotskyism, 1986
Revolutionary Morality, April 1986
1986 Poster (Revolutionary Morality, April 1986)
Dialectics and Mathematics, February 1984
Review of “Marx's Mathematical Manuscripts”, June 1983

From my earlier Life

Real Time Spectrum Analysis, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, October 1983
My discoveries in Mathematics

Excerpt from PhD Thesis: On the use of Statistical Models in Engineering and On the validity of the Probablility of Extremes (1971)
Hitchhiking Stories (1967)
Report of my first political speech: The Guardian, 14th July 1966.
Photograph of my first political act: Burning Draft Card, March 19th 1966 and subsequent speech.

My first published articles: The Vagrancy Laws, 1965
and: A Parable (about conscription for the Vietnam War), 1966