The Problem of Communication in the Works of A. A. Leontiev (To the 75th anniversary)



The article is devoted to the cohesive analysis of various aspects of communication in the works of A. A. Leontiev that occupies a central place in his scientific legacy. The relationship between communication and activity categories is analyzed in detail, as well as grounds and meaning of treating the communication as an activity by A. A. Leontiev. We present classification of the communication types on four grounds: orientation (object-oriented, socially-oriented and personality-oriented communication), psychological dynamics, semiotic specialization and degree of mediation. Special attention is paid to the concept of pedagogical communication, on one hand contributing to the development of a general theory of communication, but on the other — acts as an independent concept. In conclusion, we discuss the heuristic connections and interaction between A. A. Leontiev concept of communication and A. N. Leontiev, E. Yu. Artemyeva, S. D. Smirnov and others concept of worldview, that was implemented particularly in the development of pedagogical communication concept.

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Keywords: communication, activity, society, agent, pedagogical communication, instructional communication, worldview.

Journal rubric: Memorable Dates

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Leontiev D.A., Hanina I.B. The Problem of Communication in the Works of A. A. Leontiev (To the 75th anniversary). Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2011. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 20–27. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Dmitriy A. Leontiev, Doctor of Psychology, Leading Research Fellow, The Laboratory for Comparative Research in Quality of Life, National Research Tomsk State University, Head of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation; Professor of Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina B. Hanina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Pedagogy and Medical Psychology, Faculty of Higher Nursing Education and Psycho-Social Work, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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