5.-6.6.2015 Soviet Hegel - An International Symposium on the Hegel reception in the USSR

The symposium, a pendant to the “Soviet Spinoza” symposium in 2013, will focus on the versatile interpretations of Hegel’s philosophy in the Soviet Union. Initially in the 1920s, Hegel was hailed as one of the most important predecessors of Marxism and the forefather of the Diamat, to be in the 1930s abruptly condemned by Stalin as a representant of an “aristocratic reaction to the French Revolution”. In the 1950s and 60s Hegel came again en vogue to the extent that one might speak of a kind of “Soviet Hegelianism” . Despite of the centrality of Hegel and his dialectical method for the Soviet philosophy, there has hitherto been no comprehensive overview of Hegel’s influence and the reception of his thought in the USSR.

The symposium, which is open for all, attempts at charting the main lines of the picture of Hegel’s heritage in the Soviet Union in the fields of philosophy proper, aesthetics and politics.

VENUE: the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 33


Friday, 5th of June

10.00 Markku Kivinen (Prof., Director of the Aleksanteri Institute) – Opening words

10.15-11.00 Daniela Steila (Prof., University of Turin) – The Discussions between Deborinites and Mechanists on Plekhanov's Hegelian heritage

11.-11.45 Maya Soboleva (Prof., University of Klagenfurt) – Hegel’s Philosophy in the Context of Bolshevik Pragmatism

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.45 Elena Mareeva (Prof., Institute MIRBIS, Moscow) – Two Interpretations of Hegelian Dialectics in the Works of Lenin

13.45-14.15 Nikolai Biryukov (Prof. , MGIMO University, Moscow) –Hegel's Dialectic and the Genesis of Developmental Paradigm of Scientific Knowledge

15.00  Cocktail

Saturday, 6th of June

10.30-11.45 Sergei Mareev (Prof., Sovremennaia Gumanitarnaia Akademia, Moscow) – The Problem of Historicism:  Hegel  and Ilyenkov

11.45-12.15 Vesa Oittinen (Dr., Research Chief, Aleksanteri Institute) – “Not a Master of Dialectics”: Nikolai Bukharin and Hegel

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Andrey Maidansky (Prof., University of Belgorod) – The Conservative Revolution: Mikhail Lifshits at Hegel's lessons

14.15-14.45 Evert van der Zweerde (Prof., Radboud University of Nijmegen) – Philosophy and Its Historical Reflection –  The Hegelian Turn in Late Soviet History of Philosophy "as a science"

19.00 Concluding Dinner (for symposium speakers only!)

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