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of the Russian Philosophical Society
No. 4 (32) 2004
(256 p.)

We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 4 2004 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A. N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N. Z. Yaroschuk).

We open the Bulletin with The Editor’s Column containing New Year congratulations, a summary of the RPhS activities in 2004 and listing our best branches and 94 persons awarded the RPhS Presidium’s Diplomas of Honour.

Information concerning the congress to be held in Moscow from 24 to 28 May 2005 to discuss Philosophy and the Future of Civilisation is available from the column Towards the Fourth Russian Congress of Philosophy. These include memberships of the Organising Committee and the Program Committee; the overall regulations and the Congress program enumerating panels (sections), symposiums, colloquiums, round tables, workshops and their chairs; conditions for participation and requirements for abstracts; the relevant addresses and telephones. Please, refer to for online information. To contact us, write to

Under the column Discussing Preparations for the Congress read opinions and proposals of Pr. N. S. Rybakov (Pskov), Pr. V. I. Kholodny (Moscow), G. N. Mezentsev (Moscow). The RPhS members and our readers are invited to join the discussion.

Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organisations includes materials about the International Conference on Russia and the East. The Phenomenon of Consciousness: An Integral Outlook (Astrakhan); the Third International Conference on Man in Contemporary Philosophical Doctrines (Volgograd); the Third Russian Nation-wide Askin Readings (Saratov); the conference on National Concepts of Socialism and the Fate of Russia (Moscow) commemorating S. N. Bulgakov; philosophical seminar on Theoretical Aspects of the Spiritual and Practical Mastering of Reality (St. Petersburg); the activities of the RPhS Saratov branch; the methodological seminar on Synergetic and Contemporary Social Processes (Maikop).

The Section on the UNESCO Philosophy Day includes the address by Mr. Philippe Queau, Director, UNESCO Moscow Bureau; information on the relevant symposium held at the Institute of Philosophy, Moscow; the Philosophy Day activities in Daghestan and the Kazan State University.

The Events and Comments column informs of the Philosophical Fireside New Year Party given by the RPhS Presidium; the visit of Mr. Ugo Chaves, President of Venezuela, to the Institute of Philosophy and his three-hour-long address on Multi-polar World as a Global Alternative: The View of Venezuela; the newly opened Losev’s House in Moscow; the Russian Nation-wide workshop on Globalisation and Regional Culture: Methodological Problems of Study; the Eighth Philosophical Summer School (Novosibirsk); the Second International Congress of Conflict Specialists (St. Petersburg); the conference on Post-non-classical Weltanschauung: Cognitive and Communicative Strategies in the Space of Polyontological Reality held by the Virtual Studies Section (Moscow).

The Problems of Teaching Philosophy column includes the draft Bachelors’ Mandatory Minimal Requirements for Philosophy; articles Higher School Philosophy Should Contribute to Education by Pr. L. A. Bessonova (Kazan) and On Variability of Teaching Philosophy by Prs. E. V. Zolotukhina-Abolina and V. E. Zolotukhin (Rostov-on-Don).

The Textbooks of the 21st Century column comes with Maieutics and Spiritualisation (or What Kind of Textbooks Should There Be) by Pr. N. V. Omelchenko (Volgograd).

A new section Philosophical Life in Near-Abroad informs of the International Conference on Philosophy of Nature and Practical Philosophy and the activities of its section on Synergetic Bridge between Philosophy of Nature and Practical Philosophy (Kiev); the workshop on Problems of Teaching Logic and Logical Disciplines (Kiev); the Twentieth Jubilee International Readings on Great Reformers of Natural Science: Zhores Alferov (Minsk).

In Experience of Philosophical Cooperation column read a review of the Chinese Works on the Soviet and Recent Russian Philosophy by Zhao Yan, a doctoral student of the Chinese People’s University.

The Global Studies column informs of the latest session of Seminar on Philosophical and Methodological Studies of Processes of Globalisation (Moscow) debating Pr. A. N. Chumakov’s lecture on The Metamorphoses of Globalisation as and Objective Historic Process.

Under the Society and Terrorism column read articles Aggression and Consensus by Pr. M. G. Aliev (Makhachkala); The Existential and Psychological Sources of Contemporary Terrorism by Assoc. Pr. N. E. Salkova (Moscow); On Non-Violent Methods of Fighting Terrorism by I.I.Kondrashin, Ph.D. (Moscow.

Under the Kant and Our Time column read article The Apostle of Enlightenment, or Kant’s Revelations about Morals and Religion by Pr. V. D. Zhukotsky (Nizhnevartovsk).

In Responses to Our Publications read From Impersonal Globalisation to the Personalising Universe by K. S. Khrutsky, Ph.D. (Novgorod).

Under the Position column read responses to Yu. F. Karyakin’s controversial article An Immortal (the untranslatable play on words meaning also a mortal devil – on Lenin, published in RPhS Bulletin, 2004:3) representing the opposing views, viz. The Pinnacles of Dissention (or A Reckless One) (a similarly untranslatable play on words meaning also a knock-off devil) by Assoc. Pr. V. D. Zhirnov (Moscow) and Lenin Was No Philistine by Pr. I. A. Gobozov (Moscow).

Under the Standpoint column read Moscow-centrism by Pr. F. A. Selivanov (Tyumen) and An Alarming Trend by Pr. T. V. Panfilova (Moscow).

Published By Way of Discussion are Philosophy and Cantor’s Set by A. N. Smirnov (Moscow); Human Life and Death in the Philosophies of Late Antiquity and Russian Cosmism by Assoc. Pr. I. A. Druzhinina (Kazan); Dialogue as Statistics by V. G. Sholokhov, Ph.D. (technical sciences) (Moscow); Philosophy as a Factor of Freedom and Human Moral Perfection by Pr. V. M. Artyomov (Moscow); The Ontological and Epistemological Foundations of the Notion of Philosophy by Assoc. Pr. T. M. Novikova (Moscow); Religion and Democracy by M. Yu. Sergeyev, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, U.S.A.); Philosophy is No Weltanschauung by Pr. F. A. Selivanov (Tyumen).

We introduce a new column Philosophy and Culture – read about Vladimir Tverskoy as a Russian Cultural Phenomenon by Pr. N. Z. Yaroschuk (Moscow).

The Important Talks are by Pr. A. I. Yakovlev (Moscow), on After Noosphere – Pneumatosphere; Assoc. Pr. O. V. Petrov (Moscow), on Relations with Power Structures; R. A. Kurbanov, Ph.D. (Moscow), on Cooperation as a Form of Effective Dialogue and Collaboration.

Under the Raising a Problem column read The Experience of Construing a Social Philosophy by Assoc. Pr. M. E.Ryabova (Saransk).

Under the Philosophy and Sport column read Sport in the Development of Culture by Pr. M. Ya. Saraf (Moscow oblast).

Under the Feedback column Pr. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow) reviews of RPhS Bulletin No. 3, 2004.

On the Young Philosopher’s Page read Artificial Man in Artificial World by N. L. Udodova, a postgraduate student (Yekaterinburg); European Union Ecology Policies by R. M. Musayev, a postgraduate student (Moscow); H. Rickert’s System of Values and the Problem of Sense by M. K. Shumeiko, a postgraduate student (Rostov-on-Don).

Under the Philosophy in the Internet column read Further Exploring the RUNET by D. G. Shkayev (Moscow).

In the New Notions and Terms column (supervised by Pr. Mikhail Epstein, Atlanta, USA) read Under- (as a philosophical paradigm of Russian civilization).

Mentioned as Noteworthy is information on the schedule of the proposed philosophical excursion to Greece (August 13 to 28, 2005) and the requirements for joining the event; the activities of the Samara RPhS Branch aimed at establishing and eliminating the causes for dominance of knowledge differentiation and the low efficiency of the educational system in the formation of the principal types of intellect; the forthcoming UNESCO International Philosophical Olympiad.

This issue’s Contemporary Foreign Journals column informs of Philosophy Now, a British analytical magazine. .

See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information on books and journals available at the Presidium of the Russian Philosophical Society, doctoral (14) and candidate (65) dissertations in philosophy defended in the fourth quarter of 2004.

The Philosophers Joke Too column presents collections of aphorisms by Victor Bezborodov, a writer; A Fairy Tale by Katya Belotsvetova, a student; a humorous New Year poem by Pr. E. V. Girusov.

On the Poetic Page read address to readers by the column supervisor A. V. Katsura and verse by Alexei Panishchev (Kursk), Igor Ilyinsky (Moscow), Mikhail Zhikharevich (Pskov), Gairat.

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

We publish the RPhS Conferences Plan for the Year 2005 (88 conferences and other similar events), Supplement to the RPhS Structure and Additions to the RPhS Membership List (103 regional branches; 36 field branches; 4,768 individual members).

Read also requirements for the RPhS membership for 2005. 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 Bulletin’s subscription index in the Rospechat Catalogue is 79643. Please, email your messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to Our Internet website is To contact the Editors, please, call (095) 201-24-02.


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