Wolff-Michael Roth
  Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science, Emeritus




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co/editor of

.FQS: Forum Qualitative Social Research

2 book series: .SENSE: science & math
.SENSE: culture & history

contact address


Wolff-Michael Roth
MacLaurin Building A567
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8P 5C2


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update: JUN 21, 2023



Photo Series
- Stunning Australia
- Australia - Sylvie's selection
- A trip to Vietnam
- Sylvie's Italy selection

I am hearing
Through the crystalline voices of birds
Into the speechless realm
Of the feelings.

From the collection 'Transcendence' (1979-80)



 Background information

There is a feature on my work on coteaching in InTuition, a journal for professional teachers and trainers.

   There is a feature on and tribute (in English, in Polish) to my work in the 2013/1 issue of Avant, a journal of the "philosophical-interdisciplinary vanguard"

 impact on the field

The latest citation numbers can be found on my Google Scholar page.


 information on selected books 2016–2020


(A complete listing of books can be found here)


Wolff-Michael ROTH, Adventures of Mind and Mathematics (Cham: Springer, 2020).

Based on pragmatic philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists, a dynamic approach to mind and mathematics is developed. Because events, which inherently come with novelty, rather than things are the starting point of understanding and theory, mind and mathematics advene, they are adventures, always coming with something that surprises us. Theoretical concepts are developed from practical examples.

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Wolff-Michael ROTH, Transactional Psychology of Education: Toward a Strong Version of the Social (Cham: Springer, 2019).

In this book, the author articulates a transactional psychology of education drawing on the works of G.H. Mead, J. Dewey, G. Bateson, F. Mikhailov, and E. IlĠenkov. All theoretical positions are developed out of videotaped exchanges, thereby giving concrete character to every psychological concept articulated.

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Wolff-Michael ROTH, Dwelling, Building, Thinking: A Post-Constructivist Perspective on Education, Learning, and Development (Leiden | Boston: Brill, 2018).

In this book, the author presents a major challenge to (social) constructivism, which has become an ideology that few dare to critique. Transgressing the boundaries of this ideology, the author develops an alternative epistemology that takes dwelling as the starting point and ground. Dwelling enables building and thinking ("constructing").

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Wolff-Michael ROTH, The Mathematics of Mathematics: Thinking with the Late, Spinozist Vygotsky (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2017).

This book takes up where L. S. Vygotsky has left off during the last few months of his life, when he renounced much of what he had done before. Vygotsky assumed, with Marx, that the essence of anything specifically human is the ensemble of societal relations. This book shows how the mathematics of mathematics exists in the ensemble of societal relations. [See cover here]

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Wolff-Michael ROTH and Alfredo JORNET, Understanding Educational Psychology: A Late Vygotskian, Spinozist Approach (Dordrecht: Springer, 2017).

This book takes up the agenda of the late (but unknown) L. S. Vygotsky, who had turned to the philosopher Spinoza to develop a holistic approach to psychology, an approach that no longer dichotomized the body and mind, intellect and affect, or the individual and the social. In this approach, there is only one substance, which manifests itself in different ways in the thinking body, including as biology and culture. [See cover here]

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Wolff-Michael ROTH, Cognition, Assessment, and Debriefing in Aviation (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2017).

Debriefing is a major component of the job in many high-risk industries where errors can have considerable, often deadly consequences, including combat, surgery, and aviation. Although there exists considerable literature on debriefing, recent reviews of the literature suggest (a) shortcomings in the topics researched, (b) paucity of related theory, (c) limitations in the number of empirical studies, and (d) problems in research design. This book redresses some of these issues. [See excerpts on Google]

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Wolff-Michael ROTH, Concrete Human Psychology (New York: Routledge, 2016).

Lev S. Vygotsky was working towards a "concrete human psychology," a goal that he expresses in a small, unfinished text of the same name. This book articulates the foundation of and develops such a concrete human psychology according to which all higher psychological functions are relations between persons before being functions, and according to which personality is the ensemble of societal relations. [Google books]



selected works (2012-18)

- "Becoming and belonging"
- Experiencing (pereživanie) as developmental category
- Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Vološinov
- Birth of intentions
- Event-in-the-making*
- Post-constructivist ethics
- Sociocultural perspectives
- Situated cognition
- Origin of signs
- "symmetrical ZPD"
- ZPD symmetrically

making trouble

- "Limits of generalizing"
- "Meaning means nothing"
- Translation—the possible impossible
- Radically different method
- More reflexivity
- Auto/ethnography + ethics
- Rejecting "tofunaise"
- On editing . . .
- Ethics as social practice
- Political ethics, unethical politics
- Vagaries + politics of funding 1
- Vagaries + politics of funding 2
- Editorial power/authorial suffering


- Radical passivity
- On responsibility . . .
- Solidarity
- Education and diversity of life
- Living/Lived Math
- Representing mathematical performance
- Societal mediation of mathematical cognition
- Limits to general expertise
- Struggle over water 2
- Science and the good citizen
Scientific literacy