of the Russian Philosophical Society
No. 3 (27) 2003 (236 p.)
We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 3, 2003 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A. N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N. Z. Yaroschuk).
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In the opening Editor’s Column Prof. A. N. Chumakov sums up the Russian participation in the 21st World Congress of Philosophy (Istanbul, 10-17 August 2003) in his article Not for the Form’s Sake… 152 philosophers from 38 Russian cities, Byelorussia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine arrived in Istanbul on board the Philosophy Ship making a routine travel into a major scholarly and cultural event. An important part of this programme was presentation, both on the Congress premises and on board the ship, of the International Encyclopedia of Global Studies published in two versions, Russian and English, and already acclaimed as Russia’s book No. 1 in the year 2003. Publication of materials relating to the Congress and the Philosophy Ship will be continued. Papers presented by the Russian participants are to be published in Krasnodar by the end of this year.
Summing-up the 21st World Congress of Philosophy and the Philosophy Ship Project is, understandably, this issue’s top priority column. A brief review of the Congress activities is followed by a review of the media coverage of the Philosophy Ship and the Russian participants’ contribution. Published here is Open Letter of the Russian Participants of the 21st World Congress of Philosophy “Philosophy Facing World Problems addressed to the Russian government, Russian civil servants in charge of culture and education, all scientists and scholars of Russia and to all those who are not indifferent to the future of Russian philosophy. The letter expresses our anxiety and concern for the present state of philosophical education in Russia and formulates our proposals. Following is information on the activities of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), including the list of the newly elected members of its Executive Board. The new FISP President is Prof. P.Kemp (Denmark). The next World Congress of Philosophy is scheduled to take place in Seoul (South Korea) in 2008. We also publish papers presented at the Congress plenary sessions: Dispute on the Past and Future of International Law: Transition from a National to a Postnational Constellation by Prof. Jürgen Habermas (Germany) and Globalization, Cultural Identity and the Development of the Self by Prof. In-Suk Cha (Korea).
The Philosophy Ship column gives details of this historic event that symbolised the return of the 1922 “Philosophy Ship” after eight decades of exile. The Russian Philosophical Society charted Maria Yermolova, a Novorossiysk-based four-deck liner, to carry 152 participants of the World Congress of Philosophy to Istanbul and back. We publish the programme of numerous scholarly and cultural events that took place on board the ship and the list of participants. Further information of the Congress and the Philosophy Ship is available at the RPhS websites www.logic.ru/~phil-soc and www.globalistika.ru.
The extensive section of Responses and Opinions of the Participants of the Congress and the Philosophy Ship Project consists of the address to Russian colleagues by Prof. John Bryant (the U.S.A.) and analyses of 20 philosophers, viz. Prof. G. V. Drach (Rostov-on-Don), Prof. Yu. A. Rotenfeld (Lugansk, Ukraine), Prof. B. P. Shulyndin (Nizhny Novgorod), Prof. V. I. Krasikov (Kemerovo), Prof. M. Ya. Saraf (Golitsyno, Moscow Region), Prof. L. V. Surkova (Moscow), Prof. V. A. Bazhanov (Ulyanovsk), Dr. I. I. Kondrashin (Moscow), Prof. R. F. Abdeyev (Moscow), Prof. I. V. Vushev (Chelyabinsk), Asct. Prof. O. T. Loiko (Tomsk), Asct. Prof. M. E. Zhikharevich (Pskov), Prof. N. F. Buchilo (Moscow), Prof. V. V. Pavlovsky (Chernovtsy, Ukraine), Asct. Prof. A. G. Pyrin (Moscow), Prof. V. I. Kudashev (Krasnoyarsk), Student Ye. Ye. Koveshnikova (Moscow), Asct. Prof. I. I. Ivanova (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), Prof. Yu. M. Pavlov (Moscow), Prof. L. N. Stolovich (Tartu, Estonia).
The Poetic Impressions Section has in store poems and epigrams written in the course or inspired by the trip to the Congress: quatrains by Nikolai Kozhevnikov (Yakutsk), Farewell to Istanbul and The Blue Mosque by Vladimir Porus (Moscow), Istanbul Limericks by Mikhail Saraf (Moscow), an epigram by Mikhail Pronin (Moscow), In the Port of Istanbul (Almost after Mayakovsky) by Alexander Katsura (Moscow), A White Ship Has Arrived in Istanbul by Vladimir Yakovlev (Moscow) and the Philosophy Ship Anthem.
The Bulletin also informs of the meeting of the participants of the World Congress of Philosophy and the Philosophy Ship Project and other members of the Russian Philosophical Society held in Moscow on September 23, 2003 to discuss the two events.
The World Philosopher’s Day column comes with information, received through the Moscow UNESCO office, on the strategy, concept and substance of the Philosopher’s Day, a yearly UNESCO-sponsored event that takes place every 3rd Thursday of November. This next occasion is 20 November 2003.
A Letter to the Editors by Prof. G. V. Drach (Rostov-on-Don), Co-chair, the 3rd Russian Congress of Philosophy, is a response to L. Retyunskikh’s article published in the Higher School Bulletin.
The Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organisations column informs of the D. Zh. Valeyev Philosophical and Cultural Studies Readings held recently in Ufa and the activities, including forthcoming events (till end 2003), of the RPhS Virtual Studies Section.
The International Cooperation Experience column is given to The Uses of Philosophy by Lotta Knutsson, member of the Swedish Psychology and Philosophy Teachers’ Association (Stockholm, Sweden).
The Events and Comments column informs of the proceedings of the 2nd Russian National Congress of Sociology centred on The Russian Society and Sociology in the 21st Century: Social Challenges and Alternatives; the Fourth International Smirnov Readings held at the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences as homage to V. A. Smirnov; the International Symposium on Truth and Falsehood: A Dialogue of World Views held in Nizhny Novgorod; on the 25th Moscow Film Festival.
The Global Studies column publishes Dr. Mikhail Epstein’s (the U.S.A.) paper From Multiculturalism to Transculturalism presented to the Russian Philosophical Society on 28 May 2003.
Published By Way of Discussion is article by Dr. S. E. Yurkov (St. Petersburg) titled ‘Meta-normative Behaviour’ and Cultural Essence.
The Raising a Problem column comes with an article by Prof. V. N. Porus (Moscow) on The Contradictions in Entrepreneurial Ethics and the Ways of Their Solutions (to be continued).
This issue’s Important Talk is On Belief, Disbelief and Politics in Russia and the U.S.A by Prof. O. V. Chistyakova (Novorossiysk, to be continued).
The Noteworthy column informs of the forthcoming Russian National Conference of Chairs of Humanities and Socioeconomic Departments (scheduled for 20-21 November 2003); of Ekonomicheskaya Gazeta [Newspaper of Economics] calling for papers; of the Russian National Workshop on Interdisciplinarianism in Contemporary Science (to be held in St. Petersburg on 27-28 January 2004); of the Third International Conference on Human in Contemporary Philosophical Thought (to take place in Volgograd on 14-17 September 2004).
The reader is provided with Useful Information on the meeting of the Presidium of Scientific/Methodological Council on Philosophy, the Ministry of Education; the Third Frolov Readings (the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences, 18 November 2003); the Second Navigation-2003 prize awarded by the St. Petersburg Philosophical Society; the Conference on Philosophy and Science planned by Moscow Philosophical Society for November 2003; the Third Kuzbass Philosophical Readings: Social Aggressiveness (a Russian National-level Conference to be held in Kemerovo on 27-29 May 2004); subscription to Filosofskie issledovaniya [Philosophical Studies] journal; the IPPNO Conference (Radford University, Southwest Virginia, U.S.A., 26-29 May 2004).
See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information on books and journals available at the Presidium of the Russian Philosophical Society, and on the doctoral and candidate dissertations in philosophy defended in the third quarter of 2003.
The Philosophers Joke Too column presents a collection of remarks on philosophers and philosophy and excerpts from Uncle Liu’s Short but Truthful Stories about the Glorious Board-mates of the Philosophy Ship (from the Yekaterinburg-published almanac Discourse-Pi).
On the Poetic Page one will find verses by Sergei Polataiko (St. Petersburg), a translation from William Shakespeare by V. F. Druzhini (Moscow) and a poem by Sergei Goncharuk (Moscow).
Letters of congratulations on various occasions (jubilees, awards and other notable events) and obituaries are also to be found.
In the Structure of the Russian Philosophical Society column one will find lists of members of the RPhS Presidium and Inspection Committee, the RPhS regional and field branches (87 and 27, respectively), primary organisations of the Moscow Philosophical Society (49), as well as the complete list of RPhS members (3,806 as of 1 October 2003).
Readers are advised of the amount of membership fee for the year 2004 and the payment procedure. Like in every other issue 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 RPhS members, including subscription to the RPhS Bulletin. Full membership list is published yearly in RPhS Bulletin No. 3 for the year in question. Additions to the membership list are to be found in RPhS Bulletin No. 4.
The Bulletin’s subscription index in the Rospechat Catalogue is 70643. Please, email your messages addressed to the RPhS Presidium and the RPhS Bulletin Editorial Board to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our websites are www.logic.ru/~phil-soc and www.globalistika.ru. To contact the Editors, please, call (095) 201‑24‑02.