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Fortnightly readings of Ilyenkov’s entry for the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, The Ideal (Ideal’noe идеальное in Russian) began in January.
Next session (Part 4): Collective reading continues Thursday 4 March at 4pm (London time UTC)
The IFI Symposium organising group is considering options for an online event, given the continuing Covid-19 crisis. Advances in online digital video conferencing platforms can make it highly interactive with networking facilities. A call for papers will be issued soon. We welcome all help and proposals in making this a reality – conference co-organisers needed.
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January & February 2021: Collective reading of Ilyenkov’s essay The Ideal
19 December: Quiz on Zoom
27 November: Raising a glass to celebrate the bicentenary of Frederick Engels’ birth Webinar and discussion with Rogney Piedra Arencibia
Ilyenkov and Engels’ Dialectics of Nature:
Interaction as the concrete-universal form of development
15 October: Social Activity as Key to Connecting Mind and World:
A realist introduction to the philosophy of E.V. Ilyenkov by Andrew Brown, Professor of Economics and Political Economy at University of Leeds.
10 September: Olga Ivashchuk on The Dialectics of Form and the Vitality of Culture: In memory of Sergei Nikolaivitch Mareev
Elena Mareeva thoughts on S. Mareev and Ilyenkov’s Concept of the Ideal.
24 July: Evald Ilyenkov and the development of Marxist thought
presentation by Alexander Surmava
10 July: Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Ideal and Engels’ Dialectics of Nature presentation by Rogney Piedra Arencibia
26 June: Mikhail Epstein, Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature, Emory University Atlanta on Theories in Practice: How the Humanities Can Change the World based on his book The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto (Bloomsbury, 2012)
12 June: Joint webinar with the Leport Literary Club of Kyiv:
On the question of the role of practice in cognition by E.V. Ilyenkov (new draft translation by the Leport Literature Club, Kyiv)
This article was written by Ilyenkov in 1950-1953 but it was published in 2017 for the first time in a book called E. Ilyenkov. From abstract to concrete. The book contains articles written by Ilyenkov in different years and also a foreword by Elena Illyesh and comments by Andrey Maidansky. The original article title is “К вопросу о роли практики в познании“.
29 May: On the social function of Soviet creative Hegelianism
Introduced by Olga Ivashchuk, Doctor of Philosophy, School of Public Policy, RANEPA, Moscow Presentation & discussion
14 May: The ‘Ideal’ Match: On the Reality of Thinking
Introduced by Siyaves Azeri, associate professor of philosophy, visiting researcher, University of Lorraine, Archives Henri Poincare, Nancy, France
4 March Who failed? Failed who? Žižek’s critique of Ilyenkov
By Kyrill Potapov: notes for March 4 webinar
December 19: Chapter 5 of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete.
October 22: We agreed to share notes on Chapter 4 of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete before this session. Corinna’s notes are here. Kyrill’s critique of Paul Mason’s Clear Bright Future is here.
September 25: A discussion on the union of the logical and historical based on Penny’s response to the previous discussion.
June 12: Giannis will present on “Reason and Understanding” and Corinna on “Contradiction”
May 15:Human-Machine Dialectics
In his Black Box story, Ilyenkov de-mythologises the ” machine as the devil”. He names the real beast as “capitalism”. This can be viewed as evidence of the dialectical relationship between the means of the production and the mode of production, that Marx set out in Capital.
2. The importance of “discreteness” and dialectical “othering”, for example in the theory of value. In her article “Why Preserve the Name Human” Keti discusses the relation between the Ideal and concepts of the human.
E.Ilyenkov: The Mystery of the Black Box (translated by Giuliano Vivaldi)
E.Ilyenkov. “Lenin’s Dialectics and Metaphysics of Positivism” (1980) https://www.marxists.org/archive/ilyenkov/works/positive/index.htm
E.Ilyenkov. The Dialectics of the Abstract and the Concrete. https://www.marxists.org/archive/ilyenkov/works/abstract/index.htm
E.Ilyenkov. Dialectics of the Ideal. http://caute.ru/am/files/realideal.pdf
K. Chukhrov. “Why Preserve the Name ‘Human’” http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/texts/why-preserve-the-name-human/
Keti’s talk at the Royal Institute of Philosophy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlouWEthpfo
An abstract of Keti’s lecture can be found here: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-arts/school-of-humanities/undergraduate-courses/philosophy/rip-public-lectures/dr-keti-chukhrov-/
April 16: Keti Chukrov will share her study of Ilyenkov’s Mystery of the Black Box (1968)
Keti is currently a Marie S. Curie Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. An associate professor at the Department of Cultural Theory, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow (2012-2017) and Head of the theory department at National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, she has authored numerous texts on art theory, cultural politics, and philosophy, published in Afterall, Moscow Art Magazine, Artforum, Brumaria, Documenta magazines, e-flux journal, Voprosi Philosophii, Problemi, Stasis, etc. She is currently finishing a book on the interpretation of the notion of “the ideal” in the Soviet Marxist philosophy of 1960s and 1970s.
January 22: What has Ilyenkov’s Ideal got to do with Brexit?
November 29: Reading: First two sections of The dialectics of the Abstract & the Concrete in Marx’s Capital Chapter 5
October 15: We’ll begin by looking at outstanding points from Chapter 3. After that a discussion on Chapter 4 – Logical Development and Concrete Historicism.
September 11: Continuing the discussion on Chapter 3. Dan will introduce the later sections.
Monday 30 July at 15:30 London time GMT +1
Reading: Chapter 3 of Ilyenkov’s Abstract and Concrete in Marx’s Capital.
Also see notes from December 2016 IFI session here.
Monday 9 July at 15:30 London time GMT +1 The Ideal – a home for lost concepts ?
June 11/12 ifi.2018 Deconstructing Neoliberal Hegemony – Symposium: Copenhagen: see full report
Tuesday 29 May at 15.30 London time
Further discussion on Lenin’s Dialectics, this essay by Professor Vesa Oittinen, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tuesday, February 13
Lenin’s Dialectics. Discussion on this essay by Professor Vesa Oittinen, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tuesday January 16
We discussed the Dialectics of Hegemony
Tuesday 12 December
We continued the discussion on:
Radical Currents in Soviet Philosophy: Lev Vygotsky and Evald Ilyenkov
by Arto Artinian based on this article .
Taking a 360° view of the landscape of
cultural-historical activity research:
The state of our scholarship in practice
5th International Congress
August 28th – September 1st 2017
IFI member Monica Lemos presented a paper:
Networking sites in social movements: communicating and transforming educational realities