The IFI is a group of international scholars, researchers and activists who are reading and exploring the work of oppositional Soviet philosopher E.V. Ilyenkov to help shed light on today’s cultural, philosophical, educational and political challenges.

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Evald Ilyenkov (1924-1979) was a Soviet philosopher and writer. His approach was based on Marx and Lenin’s examination of the rational golden nugget contained within the “mystical integument” of Hegel’s dialectic. His chief work was on materialist dialectics, in logic and the dialectics of the Ideal. His creative approach brought him into conflict with the scientism and positivism of the Stalinist philosophical establishment of his time.

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Whether you are already familiar with Ilyenkov, or encountering his work for the first time, you are welcome to join us in exploring its significance for the 21st century.

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