The article deals with the directing methodological project of “concepts history” by Vladimir Ivanovsky and Gustav Shpet (“Dictionary of philosophical terms”, 1922).
The article represents author’s recollection of his discussions with Vladimir Petrovich Zinchenko about the issues of psychology of thought. The objects of discussion are considered by approaching to think about such questions as ‘What the thought is?’ and ‘How does the thought relate to word in G.G. Shpet’s and L.S. Vigotsky’s understanding?’. Zinchenko’s and author’s point of views on given issues are represented. By citing V.P. Zinchenko’s works it is shown the width and profoundness of his consideration for those issues, the witticism of his polemic language, freedom and independence of his thinking.