The Classic: Details to the Portrait (In Celebration of the 85th Birthday of V.P. Zinchenko)



This paper is dedicated to the 85th birthday of Vladmir Zinchenko (1931—2014), a prominent Russian psychologist and philosopher. It traces the main periods in the life of the scientist and attempts to reveal his personal features that shaped the style of his thinking. It is argued that Zinchenko’s most important contribution to psychological science is methodology (even though his contributions reasonably and undoubtedly involve child psychology, engineering psychology, cognitive psychology, as well as poetic anthropology which he himself established), which is due to the fact that Vladimir Zinchenko’s personality and intelligence were principally that of a philosopher in psychology and made him a methodologist and historian of psychology all in one. The paper also stresses the encyclopedic nature of knowledge and broad- ness of views in Vladimir Zinchenko, the diversity and multi-sidedness of his interests. As it is showed, his works embrace and to a great extent implement the main research pattern suggested by the great honored companions, that is, the future pattern of a synthesis of art and science. The paper concludes that Vladimir Zinchenko himself remains our honored companion and that his works reveal to us their messages of wisdom so distinctive of the classic of psychological science.

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Keywords: V.P. Zinchenko, psychology, activity, biography, creative work, personality

Journal rubric: Memorable Dates

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Mazilov V.A. The Classic: Details to the Portrait (In Celebration of the 85th Birthday of V.P. Zinchenko). Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2016. Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 74–79. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2016120407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Vladimir A. Mazilov, Doctor of Psychology, The Head of the Chair at, Professor, K.D. Ushinsky Yaroslavl State University of Education, Yaroslavl, Russia, e-mail:



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