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

By Alex Levant, Vesa Oittinen

Edited through Alex Levant, Wilfrid Laurier college, 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 mostly open air the orbit of up to date thought within the West. together with his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its critical determine within the post-Stalin interval, makes a considerable contribution towards an anti-reductionist Marxist concept of the topic, which will be of curiosity to modern theorists who search to prevent fiscal and cultural reductionism in addition to the malaise of postmodern relativism. This quantity beneficial properties Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the perfect (2009), which remained unpublished until eventually thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979.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 appropriate, Alex Levant
Dialectics of 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 best, Andrey Maidansky
Metamorphoses of that means: the concept that of definitely the right from a Semiotic standpoint, Tarja Knuuttila
Evald Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of summary and urban and the new 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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However, this tradition is also defined by its shift in emphasis from political economy to problems of culture and subjectivity.  Batishchev later broke with activity theory.  Mikhailov’s The Riddle of the Self, which exists in English translation, is an interesting attempt to grasp the nature and origin of the self from the perspective of activity theory.  Bakhurst 1991, p. 61.  See Oittinen 2010 for a summary of creative Marxism in Russia today, including proponents of activity theory. These contemporary theorists organise an annual conference called the ‘Ilyenkov Readings’, in which more than one hundred papers are presented.

These rules are not passed on to him by birth, through his “genes”, but are imposed upon him from outside, dictated by culture, and not by nature’.  Ilyenkov 2009, p. 11.  Ilyenkov 2009, p. 55.  Ilyenkov 2009, p. 55. 20 • Alex Levant In this way, the ‘individual awakens to conscious life’ by actively acquiring ‘the ideal form of the existence of the objective world’, and this ‘ideal form’ is not language itself, but human activity. S. N. R. I. Meshcheryakov, and, on the other, philosophers who in the 1960s used this method in an attempt to revitalise Soviet philosophy.

There is no doubt that the ‘ideal’ so understood – namely as the universal form and law of existence and change in diverse, empirically perceptible phenomena given to a person – becomes apparent and established in its ‘pure form’ only in historical forms of intellectual culture, in the socially significant forms of its expression (its ‘existence’). And not in the form of ‘fleeting mental states of an individual’, however it is expressed – as spiritualistic-immaterial, in the manner of Descartes or Fichte, or as crudely physical, as the ‘brain’, in the manner of Cabanis, Büchner or Moleschott.

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