No 4 (2010)


Problems of Ethnocultural politics in the «nationalizing state»

Chistyakova O.V.


The article is devoted to analysis of problems of interethnic relations, relationship of the etnocultural associations and the state in the modern period of forming nation in Russia. From the author's point of view the nation is the civil and political society of people that is independent from their ethnical identification. The author conducts the idea of necessariety of depolitization of ethnicity and the refusing from the ethnical model of state for the successful fulfillment of forming the national state. The courses of appearance of ethnical nationalism are investigated in the article. The direct dependence of ethnical nationalism from the political purposes and ambitions of ethnical political elites are demonstrated.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):5-12
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Normativity and Constructivism in Social Theory

Shevchenko A.A.


The article focuses on various aspects of the «normativity problem» in social theory in the context of modern philosophical conceptions of justice. It offers an analysis of the constitutive features of the normative and constructivist approaches, as well as connections between these methodologies.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):13-20
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Meister Eckhart Versus Nicolas of Cusa: Anti-Cusanian Argumentation in «De Ignota Litteratura» by John Wenck

Khorkov M.L.


In his polemical work «De ignota litteratura», which was composed against «De docta ignorantia», John Wenck of Herrenberg, a professor of theology at the university of Heidelberg, cites three excerpts from three German works of Meister Eckhart: «Liber benedictus» German sermons 2 and 6 (numeration according to the critical edition of J. Quint). Comparing the cited passages from these Eckhart's texts used in the treatise by John Wenck with a Latin version of the German sermon «Intravit Iesus in quoddam castellum» in the Ms. Koblenz, Landeshauptarchiv, Abt. 701, Nr. 149, ff. 10v-13v, the author of this paper comes to conclusion that the main object of the critics in «De ignota litteratura» was not only Cusanus and his theories of docta ignorantia and coincidentia oppositorum, but also an attempt to rehabilitate some teachings of Meister Eckhart in the Latin translations of his German sermons made during the Late Middle Ages. It seems to be very possible that a collection of Latin translations of the vernacular sermons and other works by Meister Eckhart was made and circulated among mystical circles on the Upper and Middle Rhine in 14th and 15th centuries. There is no doubt that John Wenck touched in his polemical treatise the core issue in the late mediaeval debates on the Eckhart heritage and its compatibility to the dogmatically uncontroversial Christian theology and philosophy. His main point is obvious: Had Cusanus not read the German works by Meister Eckhart, he would not have constructed the bold and unconventional ideas of docta ignorantia and coincidentia oppositorum at all, and without intoxication by Eckhart's heterodoxy he would not make an attempt to write a treatise like «De docta ignorantia». To conclude, the whole point of John Wenck's polemics with Nicolas of Cusa lies ultimately in dealing with formulations and ideas from the German texts of Meister Eckhart. Cusanus, who surely knew German Eckhartian and pseudo-Eckhartian tradition, would not surprisingly like remember and analyse them in «De docta ignorantia» and «Apologia doctae ignorantiae». Unfortunately, Wenck doesn't hesitate not to forget these controversial texts condemned in the bulla «In agro dominico» (promulgated by Pope John XXII in March 27, 1329) and by the theologians at the university of Heidelberg in 1430. In his critics on Nicolas of Cusa he can find no better parallel to the doctrines of docta ignorantia and coincidentia oppositorum of Cusanus than the teachings on the detachment, the birth of God in the intimate depths of the human soul, and the unity of the soul with Godhead advocated by the German Dominican friar Meister Eckhart.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):21-29
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The Problem of Human Soul Uniqueness in Yamunacarya's Philosophy (on the Base of His Work «Atmasiddhi»)

Pskhu R.V.


The main problem under discussion is a question of Ramanuja's originality as a philosopher and his dependence degree on Yamunacarya's ideas. The author tries to make clear all logical difficulties of one modern interpretation of Yamunacarya's work «Atmasiddhi». This text is preserved fragmentally and was reconstructed and translated by one American researcher, who rejected the thesis of the world Indian studies, that Ramanuja only developed Yamunacarya's ideas.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):30-37
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Sceptical Ideas in Stoic Theory of Knowledge and Forming the Scientific Mentality in Hellenistic Philosophy

Gusev D.A.


The ancient scepticism can be presented as a general intellectual trend of the Hellinistic philosophy, first of all expressed by sceptical and protesting mood of the representatives of different schools of that period. The ancient scepticism was a historical turn dividing theoretical thinking for philosophical (the old model) and scientific (the new model) types. And the scientific picture of the world began developing along with the philosophical one. Perhaps the mission of scepticism, represented in the intellectual history of Ancient Greece by both sceptic and stoic schools, was exactly in the latching onto the phenomenon of the new type of theoretical thinking - the scientific thinking.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):38-45
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Ideological «Glamourisation»: Towards a Definition of a Concept

Rahmaninova M.D.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):46-53
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Family in the Valuation Shift System of a Modern Society

Beznoshchenko Е.А.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):54-58
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Structural Elements of a Modern Civil Society

Andreeva I.E.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):59-66
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Imagination: Philosophical and Mathematical Aspects

Fedotova V.O.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):67-71
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The Notion of Virtuality in the Medieval Philosophy

Solovov D.N.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):72-76
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The difficulty of a clear definition of «game»

Emelianenko A.Y.
RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):77-81
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RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 2010;(4):87-88
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