Webinars normally take place via Zoom.
Details of the next scheduled webinar can usually be found on our facebook events page
Tuesday, December 10th at 18:00 – 1930
Discussion on Chapter 5 of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete in Marx’s Capital.
Tuesday, October 22nd at 18:00 – 19:30
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.
Wednesday, September 25th at 18:00 – 19:30
A discussion on the union of the logical and historical based on Penny’s response to the previous discussion.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 18:00 – 19:30
Giannis will present on “Reason and Understanding” and Corinna on “Contradiction”
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-/
Tuesday 16 April at 1800 London time (GMT +1)
The conference room will open at 17.50
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.
Tuesday January 22nd 14.30 – 16:00 London GMT
What has Ilyenkov’s Ideal got to do with Brexit?
Thursday November 29th 15.30 – 17:00 London GMT +1
Reading: First two sections of The dialectics of the Abstract & the Concrete in Marx’s Capital Chapter 5
Thursday October 15.30 – 17:00 London GMT +1
We’ll begin by looking at outstanding points from Chapter 3. After that a discussion on Chapter 4 – Logical Development and Concrete Historicism.
Tuesday 11 September at 15.30 London GMT +1
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