The name Zaira Rodríguez Ugidos is barely known outside the Latin American and Spanish-speaking world. And yet she was a charismatic Marxist thinker at a time when philosophy in general, and Marxist philosophy in particular, rarely included a woman. International Friends of Ilyenkov co-organiser Corinna Lotz interviewed Cuban philosopher Rogney Piedra Arencibia about his discovery of this outstanding woman thinker, who died tragically young at 44 in 1985.
Her focus on dialectical logic was inspired by the work of Evald Ilyenkov, who was still alive when she studied in Moscow during the late 1960s.
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.
Encyclopedia of Russian Philosophy, 3rd edition, General editor M. A.
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.