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The final chapter of Vygotsky’s Thinking and Speech: A reader’s guide

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 2018. Vol. 54. No. 2. P. 101-116.
van der Veer R., Zavershneva E.

The seventh and last chapter of Vygotsky's Thinking and Speech
(1934) is generally considered as his final word in psychology. It
is a long chapter with a complex argumentative structure in which
Vygotsky gives his view on the relationship between thinking and
speech. Vygotsky's biographers have stated that the chapter was
dictated in the final months of Vygotsky's life when his health was
rapidly deteriorating. Although the chapter is famous, its structure
has never been analyzed in any detail. In the present articlewe reveal
its rhetorical structure and show how Vygotsky drew on many hitherto
unrevealed sources to convince the reader of his viewpoint.