Webinars normally take place via Zoom. Here is the link:

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a video conferencing platform – simply click on the above link about 10 minutes before the meeting is due to start, you will be required to download an app then you’re good to go. It’s simple to use and very user-friendly. (You can download the app at any time before the meeting).

If you run your cursor along the bottom of your screen you will see controls enabling your audio and video links plus the “chat” function. This allows you to message the participants individually or the whole meeting and indicate to the chair person if you wish to speak.

Details of the next scheduled webinar can usually be found on our facebook events page


Tuesday, March 4th 2020 at 18:00 – 1930

Who failed? Failed who? Žižek’s critique of Ilyenkov
Kyrill Potapov will share his analysis.


Thursday, December 19th at 18:00 – 1930

Chapter 5 of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete.

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”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 17:30 – 19:00

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.

Advance reading
E.Ilyenkov: The Mystery of the Black Box (translated by Giuliano Vivaldi)
E.Ilyenkov. “Lenin’s Dialectics and Metaphysics of Positivism” (1980)
E.Ilyenkov. The Dialectics of the Abstract and the Concrete.
E.Ilyenkov. Dialectics of the Ideal.
K. Chukhrov. “Why Preserve the Name ‘Human’”

Keti’s talk at the Royal Institute of Philosophy:

An abstract of Keti’s lecture can be found here:

Tuesday 16 April at 1800 London time

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.

Here’s a link to a video of Keti Chukhrov presenting a Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture: Whether Ideal Can Be Material: On Soviet Marxist Thought

Tuesday January 22nd 14.30 – 16:00 GMT

What has Ilyenkov’s Ideal got to do with Brexit?


Thursday November 29th 15.30 – 17:00

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

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

Continuing the discussion on Chapter 3. Dan will introduce the later sections.

Reading:  Chapter 3 of Ilyenkov’s Abstract and Concrete in Marx’s Capital.

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

Reading: Contradictions within the Ideal, mediation and transformation in global capitalist society

March 13 

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 .


ISCAR 2017 : August 28 – September 1

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
Quebec, Canada

IFI member Monica Lemos presented a paper:
Networking sites in social movements: communicating and transforming educational realities