Dialectics of the Ideal: Evald Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet by Alex Levant, Vesa Oittinen

By Alex Levant, Vesa Oittinen

Edited by means of Alex Levant, Wilfrid Laurier collage, Canada and Vesa Oittinen, college of Helsinki

In Dialectics of the appropriate: Evald Ilyenkov and artistic Soviet Marxism Levant and Oittinen supply a window into the subterranean culture of ‘creative’ Soviet Marxism, which constructed at the margins of the Soviet academe and is still principally open air the orbit of latest concept within the West. along with his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its imperative determine within the post-Stalin interval, makes a considerable contribution towards an anti-reductionist Marxist thought of the topic, which could be of curiosity to modern theorists who search to prevent monetary and cultural reductionism in addition to the malaise of postmodern relativism. This quantity good points Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the correct (2009), which remained unpublished till thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979.


Foreword – Alex Levant and Vesa Oittinen

E.V. Ilyenkov and artistic Soviet Marxism: creation to Dialectics of the correct, Alex Levant
Dialectics of definitely the right (2009), Evald Ilyenkov

Ilyenkov within the Context of Soviet Philosophical tradition: An Interview with Sergey Mareev, Alex Levant and Vesa Oittinen
Prospects for a Cultural-Historical Psychology of Intelligence, Birger Siebert
Evald Ilyenkov, the Soviet Spinozist, Vesa Oittinen

Reality of the fitting, Andrey Maidansky
Metamorphoses of that means: the concept that of the perfect from a Semiotic viewpoint, Tarja Knuuttila
Evald Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of summary and urban and the hot Value-Form Debate, Vesa Oittinen and Paula Rauhala
Emancipating Open Marxism: E.V. Ilyenkov’s Post-Cartesian Anti-Dualism, Alex Levant

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13.  Oittinen 2000, p. 15. 71. Ilyenkov 2009b, pp. 375–76.  While the germ of radical realism in Lenin’s philosophy exercised a formative influence on Ilyenkov’s philosophical concerns, Lenin also inspired the very school of scientific empiricism that Ilyenkov came to see as his principal opponent’; Bakhurst 1991, p. 123. Similarly, Oittinen argues that the tension between positivist and anti-positivist readings of Marx in Lenin’s own work stayed unresolved in Soviet philosophy; Oittinen 2000, p.

114.  The Russian term ‘всеобщие’, which is translated as ‘universal’ in his 1974 article, ‘The Universal’, carries a literal meaning – as ‘common to all’ – that may be lost for the English reader. This secondary meaning is significant for Ilyenkov, who underscores this point: ‘In the literal sense of the word ‘vseobshchee’ (universal) means ‘obshchee vsem’ (common to all)’; Ilyenkov 2009, p. 225. L. 26 • Evald Ilyenkov assumes. The ‘ideal’ here is understood in its entirety, as a complete totality of possible interpretations – those already known, and those yet to be invented.

21.  Pavlov 1966, pp. 167–8. 38 • Evald Ilyenkov and so on and so forth. Naturally, an infinite number of purely material processes and events that are observable in blocks of electro-technical devices, machines and apparatuses fall within the framework of such an understanding of the ‘ideal’, and in the end all those purely physical phenomena, which are in one way or another related by the interconnection of one material system with another material system, producing in the other system some purely material changes.

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