Andy Blunden’s Videos

Andy Blunden's Videos

All videos listed on this page are authored by Andy Blunden and may be freely reproduced provided only that the author is attributed, as per the Creative Commons licence.


This series of Powerpoint slides supports the first 10 lectures below.

1. Action, Behaviour and Consciousness

Lecture 1 of a series of 10 lectures, presented in Melbourne in January-February 2015: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture covers very basic and introductory questions of the “philosophy of mind,” and the basic categories of Cultural Psychology and Activity Theory.

2. The Genetic Method: Unity and Dichotomy

Lecture 2 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture deals with very basic questions of the methodology used by Vygotsky in his research and how Vygotsky overcame the problems of methodological dualism.

3. The Unit of Analysis and the the Germ Cell

Lecture 3 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture deals with the key methodological concepts used by Vygotsky, following Marx, and which can be fruitfully applied to research in any of the sciences.

4. Word Meaning and artefact-mediation; Dual Stimulation

Lecture 4 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture covers the concepts of artefact, symbol and tool, artefact mediated action, and the cultural formation of the mind.

5. Perezhivanie & Catharsis; Social Situation of Development; Disability/Compensation

Lecture 5 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture deals with some of the least-understood and most difficult concepts of Vygotsky's research in child development and the psychology of disability.

6. The Develeopment of Concepts during Childhood

Lecture 6 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture outlines the various concepts introduced by Vygotsky in his study of "artificial" concepts, and the concepts arising in childhood, before young people are able to acquire true concepts.

7. Spontaneous, True and Actual Concepts

Lecture 7 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture completes Vygotsky's study of concept formation with his theory of concepts in adolescence and adult life.

8. Activity: Operations, Actions and Activities

Lecture 8 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture introduces the basic concepts of Activity Theory.

9. The Object in Leontyev, Engeström and Vygotsky

Lecture 9 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture outlines the differences between three different strands of Activity Theory through a consideration of their concept of the Object of activity.

10. “Project” as a unit of social life

Lecture 10 of a series of 10 lectures: Concepts of CHAT. This lecture covers very basic and introductory questions of the “philosophy of mind,” and the basic categories of Cultural Psychology and Activity Theory.


1. Origins of CHAT - German Philosophy

First of two talks given at the Monash Education Research Community, within the Department of Education at Monash University, by Andy Blunden on 20 April 2010.

The talk is the first of a two-part seminar for the International Course on Cultural Historical Activity Theory. It covers the contributions to this current of thought derived from Descartes, J G Herder, Goethe and Hegel. See German Philosophy for readings, the text of the two talks and for a diagram of the historical sources of CHAT more widely.

2. Origins of CHAT - Marx

The second lecture in the series, this talk looks at Marx’s critique of Hegel and his appropriation of the concept of “Activity,” and covers a number of other issues in various writings of Karl Marx, highlighting the particular contribution to Cultural Historical Activity Theory that is to be gained in each case. See the texts covered in this talk.


3. Vygotsky's idea of Consciousness

Third of 7 talks by Andy Blunden at the University of Witwatersrand. Presented on 18 February 2011. This talk deals with the fundamental ontological problems of psychology
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4. Activity Theory as a Human Science

Fourth of 7 talks by Andy Blunden at the University of Witwatersrand. Presented on 21 February 2011. This talk places Vygotsky's ideas and Activity Theory in the wider context of the human sciences.
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5. Units and Motives in Activity Theory

Fifth of 7 talks by Andy Blunden at the University of Witwatersrand. Presented on 22 February 2011. The talk looks at the three-level structure of activity and how these relate to the motives and goals of activity.
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6. The Problem of Context in Activity Theory and Cultural Psychology

Sixth of 7 talks by Andy Blunden at the University of Witwatersrand. Presented on 23 February 2011. The talk looks at the central place of context in Cultural Psychology and compares this with a number of alternative approaches.
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7. Vygotsky's Theory of Child Development

Seventh of 7 talks by Andy Blunden at the University of Witwatersrand. Presented on 25 February 2011. The various stages through which a child passes en route to adulthood are outlined and the theoretical issues which arise in using this theory
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Men at Work

Home movie shot in 8mm by Betty and Ralph Blunden, in the winter of 1950, showing their children, Andy and Pete, at play in the backyard of their Balwyn Road home in suburban Melbourne. Also featured are Donny the marmalade cat, the fish pond and tadpole pool, climbing bars, tree, paints and books, the Hills Hoist and the 1950 model Holden-sports. The music is by Percy Grainger.

Hell No!

Interview with Andy Blunden made in 2013, reflecting on the Anti-conscription Campaign in Melbourne in 1966.

Interview for MCA (Not currently available)

Interview with Julian Williams, recorded in January 2018 for 'Mind, Culture and Activity' website.


Interview with Mitch Abidor

Interview with Mitch Abidor, author of May Made Me, an Oral history of the Uprisings in France in 1968.


Hegel: The First Cultural Psychologist

Graphic presentation with audio recorded in October 2007, rendered into MP4 using PowerPoint.

The Missing Mediation in Pragmatic Interpretations of Hegel

Talk presented at the annual conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, in Hobart in December 2007, criticising those such as Axel Honneth or Robert R Williams who make a pragmatic interpretation of Hegel's spirit which omits the moment of mediation, thus reducing cultural life to intersubjectivity, immediate interactions between persons. Cultural Psychology in the Vygotsky tradition on the other hand, includes the mediation of interactions by culture.


Concepts Part 1

Interview on Concept Development with Anthony Barra, On Skype.

Concepts Part 2

Interview on Concept Development with Anthony Barra, On Skype.