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Mjør, Kåre Johan
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Mjør, K. J. (2018). Metaphysics, Aesthetics, or Epistemology?: The Conceptual History of tvorchestvo in Nineteenth-Century Russian Thought. Slavic and East European Journal, 62(1 (Spring 2018)), 4-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metaphysics, Aesthetics, or Epistemology?: The Conceptual History of tvorchestvo in Nineteenth-Century Russian Thought
2018 (English)In: Slavic and East European Journal, ISSN 0037-6752, E-ISSN 2325-7687, Vol. 62, no 1 (Spring 2018), p. 4-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the history of the Russian concept of tvorchestvo (“creation,” “creativity”) from its emergence and early usages in the early nineteenth century, in particular in the writings of Nikolai Nadezhdin, Nikolai Stankevich and Vissarion Belinskii, and up to and including the philosophy of Vladimir Solov’ev. While the concept later on became a key term and pivotal philosophical issue for thinkers such as Nikolai Berdiaev and Sergei Bulgakov, this article focuses on its early history, and more specifically on how it was coined in the translation of the ideas of Schelling, while subsequently becoming independent of the Schellingian origins. More specifically, while it initially was a metaphysical concept, corresponding to Schilling’s idea of “productivity” (of nature as well as of the human being), thinkers like Nadezhdin and Belinskii used it as an aesthetic concept, referring to the creative genius, while Solov’ev in turn applied it in order to emphasize the active role we play in cognition and perception (epistemology). The article demonstrates the importance of cultural transfer in the creation of a Russian philosophical discourse in the nineteenth century and expolores how processes of transfer and translation generate new philosophical issues.

Abstract [ru]

Социалистический реализм получил широкое освещение в истории как русской, так и восточноевропейской литератур. Тем не менее, при использовании сложившегося в этих историях институционального и эстетического аппарата, представляется сложным объяснить существование левых текстов вне рамок государственного социализма. Настоящая статья посвящена мировому пролетарскому роману первой половины ХХ века и предлагает новый аппарат для рассмотрения таких текстов, во-первых, очерчивая границы Народной республики литературы (литературной подсистемы, соседствовавшей с политическими левыми и отличной от Мировой республики литературы Паскаль Казановы), внутри которой эти тексты циркулировали, а во-вторых, объясняя широкое использование религиозных нарративов и системы образов, посредством которых в таком романе были представлены революционные сообщества старых левых.

National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351460 (URN)000433526300002 ()
Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved
Mjør, K. J. (2018). Provincialising Europe?: Soviet Historiography of Philosophy and the Question of Eurocentrism. Rivista di storia della filosofia (1984) (2), 277-293
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Provincialising Europe?: Soviet Historiography of Philosophy and the Question of Eurocentrism
2018 (English)In: Rivista di storia della filosofia (1984), ISSN 0393-2516, E-ISSN 1972-5558, no 2, p. 277-293Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356169 (URN)10.3280/SF2018-002006 (DOI)000448488400006 ()
Available from: 2018-07-18 Created: 2018-07-18 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically approved
Mjør, K. J. (2018). "Russia's Thousand-Year-Old History": The Claim for a Past in Contemporary Russian Conservatism. In: : . Paper presented at Third Annual Tartu Conference On Russian And East European Studies, 10-12 June, Tartu, Estonia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Russia's Thousand-Year-Old History": The Claim for a Past in Contemporary Russian Conservatism
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353738 (URN)
Conference
Third Annual Tartu Conference On Russian And East European Studies, 10-12 June, Tartu, Estonia
Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved
Mjør, K. J. (2018). Smuta: Cyclical visions of history in contemporary Russian thought and the question of hegemony. Studies in East European thought
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smuta: Cyclical visions of history in contemporary Russian thought and the question of hegemony
2018 (English)In: Studies in East European thought, ISSN 0925-9392, E-ISSN 1573-0948Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the post-Soviet context, various cyclical models of recurrent Russian “Times of Troubles” (smuty) have become increasingly popular. This perspective emerged first in Soviet dissident circles (Alexander Yanov, Aleksandr Akhiezer), who used it as a means to expose as mistaken the Soviet belief in continual historical progress on Russian soil. In post-Soviet Russia this critical approach has been continued by members of the “Akhezier circle,” the economist Egor Gaidar, and others. Meanwhile it was given an affirmative, conservative reinterpretation by Aleksandr Panarin, according to whom Russia has always managed to overcome its phases of devastating Westernization and state collapse. This idea of Russian history has become influential; even Vladimir Putin has talked about Russia as a strong state able to survive various “Times of Troubles” from the early seventeenth century to the early post-Soviet period. It also figures prominently among members of the neoconservative Izborsk Club. This article analyzes different conceptions of Russian history as cyclical and their prominent place in the prevailing civilizational discourse of post-Soviet Russia. By means of postcolonial perspectives, this discourse is seen on the one hand as an attempt to question and reject Western hegemony, attempts that on the other hand nevertheless seem unable to liberate themselves from a normative dependence on the West.

National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339843 (URN)10.1007/s11212-018-9298-0 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-01-23