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Between Philosophies: The Emergence of a New Intellectual Paradigm in Russia

DeBlasio, Alyssa J (2010) Between Philosophies: The Emergence of a New Intellectual Paradigm in Russia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation takes as its primary task the evaluation of a conflict of paradigms in Russian philosophical thought in the past decade. If until the early nineties Russian philosophers were often guilty of uncritically attributing to their domestic philosophy a set of characteristics that fell along the lines of a religious/secular binary (e.g. literary vs. analytic; continuous vs. ruptured), in recent years the same scholarship is moving away from the nineteenth-century model of philosophy as a "path" or "special mission," as it has been called by Konstantin Aksakov, Aleksei Khomiakov, Ivan Kireevskii, and later, Nikolai Berdiaev, among others. I begin in the first chapter by throwing light on these binary assumptions, with the goal of revealing them to be of decreasing value in the past decade, in that they have contributed to the further crystallization of the essentializing ascriptions of the romanticized Orthodox narrative. In the second chapter I then trace the religious paradigm to the twenty-first century, where it continues to thrive in the often criticized sub-departments of the History of Russian Philosophy. Yet, if the religious narrative has historically been the dominating approach, I argue in chapters three and four that a number of trends have emerged that seek to discredit it, many of which appeal to Western ideals of "professionalism" while condemning the tradition of the Russian intelligentsia. For these critics, the goal is often not to limit through exceptionalist claims in the style of ninetieth-century religious philosophy, but to open up a discursive field (from both outside and within the religious tradition) in which connections are made between philosophy in Russia and the rest of the world. Thus, the title "Between Philosophies" touches on the two main observations of this work: 1) that much of philosophical production in Russia remains stratified over the issue of religious thought; and 2) that despite great strides to demystify philosophy in the twentieth century, there remains an often monolithic approach to the discipline, whereby responses to the query "What is contemporary Russian philosophy?" either delineate a rigid set of requirements or deny the existence of the tradition altogether.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
DeBlasio, Alyssa
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCondee, Nancy
Committee MemberScanlan, James P
Committee MemberArtemyeva, Tatiana
Committee MemberPadunov, Vladimir
Date: 30 September 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 May 2010
Approval Date: 30 September 2010
Submission Date: 3 August 2010
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: history of Russian philosophy; Horujy; intellectuals; intelligentsia; Khoruzhii; Podoroga; Russian philosophical thought; Russian philosophy
Other ID:, etd-08032010-150635
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:56
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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