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Where is the common ground? Interaction and transfer between European and Russian philosophical culture

Evert van der Zweerde
Studies in East European Thought
Vol. 62, No. 3/4, Crossing Boundaries: Russian Discourses on Culture (November 2010), pp. 259-277
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40927764
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Where is the common ground? Interaction and transfer between European and Russian philosophical culture
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Abstract

In this paper, I discuss and analyze three instances of exchange and interaction between Russian (incl. Soviet) and (West) European philosophical culture: the correspondence between Merab Mamardašvili and Louis Althusser, Jacques Derrida's visit to Moscow in 1990, and a joint Russian-German publication by Nikolaj Plotnikov and Alexander Haardt. The focus is on the implicit mutual perception of philosophical cultures and on the 'micro-politics' of discourse that is at stake in their interaction. Also, it is shown how different contexts—labelled 'philosophical culture', though not in any deterministic sense—are at work in the mutual perception between individual thinkers. Even if philosophical thinking tends to transcend the parameters of 'glocal' situations, this involves a job that needs to be done, individually and collectively, by the philosophers involved. Consequently, this dimension has to be taken into account when analysing such instances of encounter.

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