Re: Substance and Form

Bill Benzon (
Mon, 08 Jun 1998 08:41:26 -0400

Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 08:41:26 -0400
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: Substance and Form


> Vygotsky expressed the same sort of opinion: ‘Words play a central
> role in the growth of consciousness as a whole (Vygotsky 1962,
> cited in Innis 1985, p.vii.)’

It is certainly true that Vygotsky held such an opinion. But I don't recall him
saying anything that could be construed as meaning that our words for, e.g.,
could actually affect how we see color. That's not the sort of issue that
interested him. He was interested in the way words give us the ability to direct
our perceptual systems here and there in the world.

William Benzon
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