Joining Hegel and Ilyenkov in “the realm of thinking”

A presentation by Corinna Lotz on 15 December 2022 to the Third International scientific conference “Hegelian studies” in Kyiv[i]

Hello dear colleagues and comrades

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you from London and for organising your conference under the constant threat of missile attacks by Putin’s regime on your country’s citizens and infrastructure.

For the International Friends of Ilyenkov and myself Ilyenkov has been an inspirational figure, in particular his championing of Hegelian dialectics from a materialist standpoint.

Evald Ilyenkov opposed the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. I am sure he would also have opposed Russia’s invasion and ongoing war against Ukraine.

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In search of lost thinking with Evald Ilyenkov

Sunday/Sontag 12 December 18:00 €5

ExHuman: The Post-Apocalyptic Late Night Show invites you to join the conversation once a month. Each month’s theme asks about the exception that proves the rule, about accelerated repetition, about dead dogs and prevented, forgotten, embodied thinking. It is borrowed from philosophy, history, socio-culture, art and literature and opens the discussion using an example (person, novel, film, album, event, etc.). Angie Volk and Sascha Freyberg will be moderating, with Stefan Paul Trzeciok standing by in the background.

ExHuman: Die postapokalyptische Late Night Show lädt einmal im Monat zum Gespräch. Das jeweilige Monatsthema fragt nach der Ausnahme, die die Regel bestätigt, nach der beschleunigten Wiederholung, nach toten Hunden und dem verhinderten, vergessenen, verkörperten Denken. Es wird der Philosophie, Geschichte, Soziokultur, Kunst und Literatur entlehnt und eröffnet anhand eines Beispiels (Person, Roman, Film, Album, Event etc.) die Diskussion. Die Moderation übernehmen Angie Volk und Sascha Freyberg, Stefan Paul Trzeciok steht im Hintergrund zur Seite.

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Sergei Mareev: champion of Ilyenkov and thinker in his own right

Sergei Mareev

I first met Sergei Nikolaivich Mareev, who has died at the age of 78, on a trip to Moscow in the aftermath of Yeltsin’s dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.  It was the period of “shock therapy” during which Russia’s GDP fell by 50%. The economy was in chaos and people’s lives were being turned upside down. Demonstrators were being killed by the paramilitary riot police OMON outside the state television centre at Ostankino.

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Sergei Mareev

Entry in Encyclopedia  of Russian Philosophy, 3rd edition, General editor M. A. Salina. Moscow, Mir Philosophii, 2020.

Published with the kind permission of Andrey D. Maidansky

Translated by Alla Potapova

MAREEV Sergey Nicolaevich (2 May 1941 – 12 September 2019, Moscow) was a philosopher, a doctor of philosophy and a university professor. He was the pupil and associate of Ilyenkov, a specialist in the field of dialectical logic and a historian of Soviet philosophy.

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