Seminar at Uppsala

The situation in philosophy as an academic discipline in post-Soviet era seems to be paradoxical. The official Soviet philosophy that played a very specific role in the Soviet system of science and education has been discredited. This process is very obvious when you look at the changes of the curriculum. The philosophy teaching increased dramatically. According to statistics, the number of universities in the Russian Federation that offer educational programs in the field of philosophy increased to 2011 almost 10 times in the post-Soviet period: from 5 to 47.

The goal of the project is to collect and to analyze a case of self-presentation and self-description of those who was in charge in field of professional philosophers during 1980-2010. I will focus on the way of describing of near past and current situation in philosophy in Russian and Western philosophy. It is interesting to see how a dichotomy of domesticated/foreign, ideology engaged/professional autonomy is conceptualized. Maxim Demin aims to analyze the understanding of relations between professionals in philosophy, political authority and public interest by post-Soviet philosophers.

Maxim Demin is Associate Professor at St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. His areas of interest are the history of academic communities and studies in the field of higher education.