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of the Russian Philosophical Society
No. 4 (36) 2005
(256 p.)

We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 4, 2005 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A. N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N. Z. Yaroschuk).

The Editors Column summarises the RPhOs activities. In 2005 the Society numbered 5,660 members(more by 892 if compared to 2004) and 10 new branches in and outside Russia in addition to the previously registered 118. Among the latter are branches in Tashkent (Izbekistan), Sokhumi (Abkhazia), Odessa (Ukraine), Magadan, Smolensk, Saransk and others.

This issue continues publication of the proceedings of the Fourth Russian Congress of Philosophy Philosophy and the Future of Civilisation held from May 24 to May 28, 2005 on the grounds of the Moscow State Lomonosov University.

Under the column Summarising the Fourth Russian Congress of Philosophy read papers delivered at the Congress plenary sessions: Philosophy and the Search for New Values of Civilisation by Academician V. S. Styopin, Director, Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences, President, the Russian Philosophical Society; Barbarianism as the Reverse Side of Civilisation by Prof. N. V. Motroshilova, Head of Department, the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The section Evening Lectures Delivered at the 4th RCPh presents Prof. K. Svasyans (Switzerland) lecture On the End of the History of Philosophy.

Opinions, Judgements and Impressions of the Congress include: The True Foundations of Social Consolidation by Prof. A. V. Ivanov (Barnaul); Impressions of the Recent Congress by Prof. V. P. Gritsenko (Krasnodar); So What Kind of Philosophy Do We Need? by Prof. Kh. G. Tkhagapsoyev (Nalchik); Impressions of Fourth Russian Congress of Philsophy by V. Kh. Khakhanian, Dr. Phys. & Math. (Moscow).

Information about Sections, Round Tables, Colloquia, and Symposia includes: The Round Table of the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy of Peace by Prof. Yu. M. Pavlov (Moscow); Information and Development by A. G. Ganzha and V. V. Sanochkin, Cand. Phys. & Math. (Moscow); On the Activities of Section on Philosophical Problems of Social Sciences and Humanities by Prof. L. P. Lipova (Novocherkassk); On the Activities of Section on Philosophy of Technology and Economics by Prof. V. G. Gorokhov (Moscow); The Integrative Role of Axiology by Assoc. Prof. A. G. Arkhangelskaya (Simferopol, Ukraine); The Round Table on Life, Death and Immortality by Prof. I. V. Vishev (Chelyabinsk).

Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organisations includes materials about the Russian National Workshop on The Social Ideal: The Past, Present and Future held at the Chernyshevsky Transbaikal State Pedagogical University (Chita); The Baikal Philosophical School (Ulan-Ude); the yearly Russian National Theoretical Conferences on Science and Technology in St. Petersburg; on Russian philosophy in Kyrgyzstan; on the activities of the RPhS Volgodonsk regional Branch in 2005.

The Events and Comments section informs of the Third Session of the World Social Forum on the Dialogue of Civilisations (Rhodes, Greece); the conference on the Natural Science in the 21st century: Philosophical, Social and Ethical Problems held in the framework of the yearly Frolov Readings (Moscow); on the Congress of Independent Organisations of Russia (Moscow); the Second Leontiev Readings (Sergiev Posad, Moscow Oblast); the conference on Contemporary Cognitivism: Philosophy, Cognitive Science and Cognitive Disciplines at the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow); the activities of the Philosophy Club at Biblio-Globus Bookstore; the Days of Philosophy in St. Petersburg; the First Tauris Readings on the National Philosophy: Contemporary Collisions (Simferopol, Ukraine); the First National Congress of Bioethics in Uzbekistan; the International Conference on Youth, the Future of Civilisation (St. Petersburg).

The UNESCO and Philosophy column informs of the events on the World Philosophy Day, November 17, 2005: the address of Dendev Badarch, Director, UNESCO Moscow Office; the symposium commemorating the Philosophy Day in Moscow; the celebrations of the Philosophy Day in Krasnoyarsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Yakutsk, in Chuvashia and the Crimea (Ukraine).

See the Managing Education: Contemporary Approaches column for an interview with Prof. S. V. Stepashin, Dr. Juris., Chairman, Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, on Education Instead of Educatedness; the article by Prof. Yu. N. Solonin, Member, the Council of Federation, Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg University, on Philosophy and Its Political Context; information on the recent meeting of the Presidium of the Russian National Educational and Methodological Council for Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies to discuss classical university education.

See the Philosophy and Youth column for the article On the Youth Policy by Prof. S. P. Ivanenkov (St. Petersburg).

See also the Experience of Our Foreign Colleagues section for the article on Problems of Globalisation in China by Prof. An Chinyan (Peking, China).

We present a new column on Civil Society. Read information on the RPhS representation in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the interview with S. A. Markov, political scientist, the RPhS representative in the Public Chamber.

See the Global Studies section for Prof. A. N. Cumakovs speech on The Cultural/Civilisational Context of Globalisation with comments by S. A. Butin, Advisor on Globalisation Issues to the President of the Russian Labour Confederation, titled Globalisation: The Power Society.

Among Responses to Our Publications find a letter by Prof. Ph. Kh. Kessidi (Greece); notes On the Status of Global Studies by V. l. Kissel commenting on A. I. Uvarovs article On Global Studies and Their Philosophy (RPhS Bulletin, 2005:3); Tears Are No Help in Sorrow  Let us Do Something by Ass. Prof. S. S. Peruansky (Moscow) responding to the various comments on the Fourth Russian Congress of Philosophy (RPhS Bulletin, 2005:2); From Death to Immortality by Yu. V. Bezukh, a physician from Kherson (Ukraine), responding tu I. V. Vishevs article (RPhS Bulletin, 2005:2); notes by D. Kapnik, a student, and M. Yershova, 11th-form pupil (Moscow), commenting on A. A. Krushanovs Civilisations Strategic Reserves (RPhS Bulletin, 2005:1).

Read Raising an Issue column for Prof. A. A. Krushanovs new controversial article Apology for Certainty.

Published By Way of Discussion are Transnational Idea: A Superpower of Kievan Rus by Ass. Prof. A. G. Pyrin (Moscow); Scientific Rationality: Changing the Paradigm by Prof. L. V. Surkova (Moscow); The Difficult Path of Russian Philosophy by Prof. I. A. Aleksandrov (Moscow); Global Ecology under Contemporary Conditions by Ariz Aviaz ogly Gezalov, Cand. Philos. (Moscow); Biocentrism and Sustainable Development by Ye. R. Kartashyova, Cand. Biol., and Prof. A. V. Oleskin (Moscow); On the Possibility of the Ontoanthropological Principle in Philosophy by Prof. V. I. Kashpersky (Yekaterinburg); Privatisation a la russe: An Essay in Methodological Reflection by Ass. Prof. V. K. Shreiber (Chelyabinsk); Interpretation as a Factor of Personality Development by O. D. Agapov, Cand. Phil. (Kazan); Why Did Hegel Use a Language So Hard to Understand for His Writings? by S. N. Trufanov (Samara); The Process of Understanding the Foundations of Life Harmony by A. D. Yankelevich (Moscow); A Social Tsunami in Europe by Prof. D. V. Dzhokhadze (Moscow); How Do I (Not) Understand Philosophy? by S. N. Zemlyanoy, Cand. Phil. (Moscow).

Under the Feedback column Pr. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow) reviews RPhS Bulletin 2005:3.

Under the Philosophy in the Internet column read Give Us an Interactive Bulletin! by D. G. Shkayev (Moscow) and information on The Gallery of Russian Thinkers by D. A. Olshansky (St. Petersburg).

In the Pro Memoria section read Life Given to People by Prof. E. V. Girusov and Prof. N. M. Mamedov (pro memoria R. O. Kurbanov).

Mentioned as Noteworthy is the initiative of the RPhS Krasnodar Branch and the Urals Philosophical Society to publish Golden Pages of the Fourth Russian Congress of Philosophy. The would-be participants are invited to send their paper to or till January 30, 2006.

Read Useful Information about an international and interuniversity theoretical journal Homo esperans and their publication conditions.

The section Projects and Proposals of RPhS Members informs of purchase of new equipment paid for from voluntary contributions by RPhS members G. N. Mezentsev and A. G. Pyrin (23,000 roubles).

See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information on books and journals available at the Presidium of the Russian Philosophical Society, doctoral (16) and candidate (53) dissertations in philosophy defended in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Under the Philosophers Joke Too column read A Babler by Fyodor Selivanov (Tyumen); Diolenes by Andrey Knushev (Moscow); A Marginal Note by Mikhail Zhikharevich (Pskov).

On the Poetic Page find verse by Mikhail Sergeyev (Philadelphia, USA), Alevtina Shiryaeva (Moscow), Mikhail Zhikharevich (Pskov).

Published also are letters of congratulations on jubilees, rewards, other notable events and obituaries.

Read also The RPhS Conferences Plan for 2006  70 conferences, including

        Conference on Religious Studies as an Interdisciplinary Science (St. Petersburg, March 27-30).

        Conference on Creating a Humane Society (Irkutsk, April 14-15).

       Round Table on Prospects for Fundamental Science in Russia (Moscow, April).

       The Fourth Slavic Scholarly Forum on Orthodox Culture in the Urals: Historical Contexts and Our Time (Chelyabinsk, May 24-25).

       Conference on General and National in Philosophy (Bushkek, May 25-26).

       Conference on Knowledge and Faith: Diversity of Cultural Approaches (Moscow, May-June).

       International Symposium on Philosophy of Education in the East and in the West: Promoting Dialogue (Novosibirsk, October 25-27).

       Conference on Ontology and Humanism (Ufa, October 27-28).

       Conference on Man Facing the Global Challenge (Kazan, November).

We publish Supplement to the RPhS Structure as presented in RPhS Bulletin, 2005:3 and Additions to the RPhS Membership List (amounting to 5,660 individual members).

Read also requirements for the RPhS membership for 2006. Like in other issues of the Bulletin it is explained that the Russian Philosophical Society counts as its members only those who have paid the yearly membership fee and have been consequently included in the current year membership list. They henceforward enjoy all the privileges of the Society members, including subscription to the RPhS Bulletin. Full membership lists are published yearly in RPhS Bulletin No. 3 for the year in question; additions to the membership lists, in RPhS Bulletin No. 4.

The Bulletins subscription index in the Rospechat Catalogue is 79643. Please, email your messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to and/or Our Internet website is To contact the Editors, please, call (495) 201-24-02 or (495) 203-92-98.



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