Symposium ifi.2022

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Keynote speakers:

  • David Bakhurst, Queen’s University, Canada / UCL Institute of Education
    Author of Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy
  • Ezequiel Di Paolo, Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain / Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics COGS, University of Sussex, UK; co-author of Linguistic Bodies and Sensorimotor Life

We’ve received a brilliant range of abstracts from countries including France, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Peru, Australia, Portugal, Turkey, Cuba as well as the UK. There will be a packed two days of presentations and discussion. Topics include: The transmigration of the Ideal; The concept of personality; The dialectics of the Ideal and the material in music; Logic, history and the germ cell; Evald Ilyenkov vs Slavoj Žižek.

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David Bakhurst Ilyenkov, Education and Philosophy

Ezequiel Di Paolo Dialectics of the abstract and the concrete in the enactive approach

Sergei Alushkin Ilyenkov’s legacy in Ukraine

Siyaves Azeri Conceptual Development and Knowledge-production

Andy Blunden Logic, History and the Germ Cell

Andrew Brown The neglected role of ‘causal powers realism’ in Ilyenkov’s philosophy and political economy

Felipe Felizardo The transmigration of the Ideal: Ilyenkov and Intuitionism

Ali Gedik The Dialectics of the Ideal and the Material in Music: Insights from Ilyenkov for a Marxist Ethnomusicology

Andy Higginbottom How Ilyenkov helps us understand Marx’s use of Hegel in Capital

Isabel Jacobs Returning to Hegel (and forward): Evald Ilyenkov’s On the Dialectic of the Abstract and the Concrete in Scientific Thought

Ian Jasper Developing an understanding of ‘Personality’; following the path between Evald Ilyenkov’s philosophy to A.R. Luria’s ‘Romantic Science’

Giorgi Kobakhidze Evald Ilyenkov and the crisis of Soviet Marxism

Mikhail Konashev Idols and Ideals: Ilyenkov and the Evolution of “real Socialism”

Gennady Lobastov To the notion of ideals

Vladislav Lektorsky Ilyenkov and the Renaissance of Soviet philosophy in the second half of the 20th century

Natalia Listratenko The problem of subjectivity in the context of organisational practices

Corinna Lotz Ilyenkov’s cry from the heart

Andrey Maidansky Saving Private Spinoza: Is thinking “a property, a predicate, an attribute” of human body?

Maxim Morozov Marxism and the problem of radical negativity: Evald Ilyenkov vs Slavoj Žižek

Giannis Ninos Ilyenkov’s contribution to dialectics and the problem of deduction

Martin Persch The Universal Animal – Reason as the active principle of human nature

Rogney Piedra Arencibia Ilyenkov and the Problem of Alienation

Lars Taxen Exploring the Universal

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This fourth international symposium on the thought of Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov addresses its systematic and practical significance. It will bring together researchers from different disciplines drawing on and developing his work in contemporary conditions. We encourage diverse perspectives on Ilyenkov’s texts and seek new directions for Ilyenkovian approaches. The central focus of the symposium is on the concept of development and the future orientation of human activity. 

Suggested themes:

  • Concepts of the human, praxis and human practices
  • Ideal and activity in development and education
  • Marxist methodology and the dialectics of nature, society and thought
  • Aesthetics, perception, art, iconic form and embodiment
  • The Ideal and the challenge of overcoming disability
  • Ilyenkov’s contribution to contemporary theories of cognition, knowledge and representation 
  • The political relevance of Ilyenkov and the contemporary state; the communist ideal
  • Ilyenkov’s critique of other thinkers and contemporaneous philosophies
  • Soviet ‘Hegelianism’ and/or ‘Spinozism’

Given the Ilyenkovian concept of philosophy and its intrinsic practical relevance, we are keen to receive submissions that draw on fields outside of philosophy, such as sociology, psychology, ecology, economic and political relations or literature.