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Bulletin
of the Russian Philosophical Society
No. 4 (28) 2003 (220 p.)

We hereby announce publication and circulation of the Bulletin of the Russian Philosophical Society No. 4 2003 (Editor-in-Chief, Professor A. N. Chumakov; Executive Secretary, Professor N. Z. Yaroschuk).

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The opening pages of the Bulletin inform of the Russian nation-wide conference of heads of departments of humanities and socioeconomic sciences organized by the Ministry of Education, the Russian Federation, and housed by the Lomonosov Moscow State University on 20-21 November 2003. Within the framework of this conference a round table debated On the Quality of Teaching Philosophy in the Light of Elaborating the New-Generation National Educational Standard: What Kind of Textbook on Philosophy Do We Need Today?

Summing up the round table, the Presidium of the Scientific-Methodological Council on Philosophy of the Ministry of Education, the Russian Federation, and the editorial board of the Bulletin of the RPhS suggest the discussion of What Kind of Books on Philosophy Are Needed Today? be resumed on the Bulletins pages.

All teachers of philosophy interested in the issue are invited to send their deliberations to the editorial board. The preliminary results of the debate will be considered by the joint meeting of the Educational-Methodological Board, the Scientific-Methodological Council and the Head Council on Philosophy scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on 15 March 2004.

The next column is Summing-up the 21st World Congress of Philosophy and the Philosophy Ship Project. A brief resume of the recent Congress Philosophy Facing World Problems is followed by the review (continued from the previous issue) of the media coverage of the Philosophy Ship and the Russian participants contribution to the Congress, including a list of newspaper and journal publications and radio and TV broadcasts. We also published revised data on the election of the FISP Steering Committee by the FISP General Assembly (Istanbul, 13 August 2003) as provided by the International Federation of the Philosophical Societies (FISP).

We continue publication of papers presented at the Congress plenary sessions with Modest Reflections on Hegemony and Global Democracy by Iris Marion Young (the University of Chicago) and Towards Global Democracy by Michael Pendlebury (the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).

The section of Responses and Opinions of the Participants of the Congress and the Philosophy Ship Project includes analyses by Pr. A. N. Chumakov (Moscow), Pr. M. I. Bilalov (Makhachkala), V. K. Yegorov, Ph.D. (Moscow), Pr. V. S. Grekhnev (Moscow), Pr. N. V. Omelchenko (Volgograd), F. T. Valishin (Kazan), Associate Professor A. V. Mitrofanova (Moscow), Ye. B. Zolotykh, Ph.D. (Geology) (Moscow), Pr. V. L. Kerov (Moscow), L. Ye. Grinin, D.Sc. (Volgograd).

The section on the UNESCO Philosophy Day informs of the events that marked this important occasion in Russia, viz. the joint meeting of the UNISCO Moscow Bureau, the Russian Philosophical Society and the Inter-disciplinary Section of the Russian Znanie (Knowledge) Society; a symposium at the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences; a meeting of the Murmansk RPhS Branch; festivities at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Techniques, the Volgograd State University. We also publish a poem by Boris Nikolaichev (Moscow) commemorating the event.

Information from the RPhS Regional Branches and Organisations includes materials about a session of the Krasnoyarsk RPhS Branch summing up the 21st World Congress of Philosophy; a session of the Novorossiysk Philosophical Society commemorating the 140th anniversary of the notable Russian Philosopher Prince Ye. N. Trubetskoy; the heoretical conference on Philosophy and Science held by the Moscow Philosophical Society and housed by the Institute of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences; the 2nd Day of Petersburg Philosophy; the agenda of the Philosophy of the Art of Movement Section (Moscow); the activities of the Buryat, Saratov and Tatarstan RPhS Branches and the Philosophical Society of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutiya) in 2003.

The Events and Comments column informs of the International Workshop-Seminar on Problems of Creating Regional Encyclopaedias in St. Petersburg; the agenda of the Third Season in Philosophical Café at the Krasnoyarsk Culture-and-History Museum Centre Na strelke (On the Promontory); the International Conference on Continual Algebraic Logics, Calculi and Neuroinformatics in Science and Technology (KLIN-2003) in memoriam A. N. Kolmogorov in Ulyanovsk; the opening issue of the students journal Vita Cogitans published by the St. Petersburg Philosophical Society.

The Jubilee column publishes a piece And We Do Not Know Yet What He Will Say by the philosopher and publicist Yuri Karyakin commemorating the 85th anniversary of A. N. Solzhenitsyn.

The Problems of Teaching Philosophy section is given to The Expert Groups as Forms of Students Self-Testing by Pr. G. V. Sorina (Moscow) that discusses organisation of students practical work in general humanities and socioeconomic disciplines as defined by the Second-Generation National Educational Standard of Higher Professional Education.

Discussion of Topical Issues continues with Humanism of the Humanitarian Education by Pr. M. S. Uvarov (St. Petersburg).

Published By Way of Discussion are On the Essence of Scientific Notions by V. L. Kissel (Moscow), Person as a Philosophical and Anthropological Category by A. G. Pyrin (Moscow), Contemporary Models of Youth Socialisation: Conceptual Approaches by V. P. Lenshin (Moscow), The Question of Subject by A. A. Yevtushenko (Vladivistok), Science or Non-Science? by Associate Professor V. D. Ruta (Moscow).

Responses to Our Publications include What Is Religion?: Deliberation on the Nature of Religious Experience by Mikhail Sergeyev, Ph.D. (Philadelphia, the USA).

This issues Remark is by V. D. Ivshin (Moscow) on the subject of Who Is the Father of Philosophy?

Published in the Raising a Problem column is the final section of The Contradictions in Entrepreneurial Ethics and the Ways of Their Solutions by Prof. V. N. Porus (Moscow).

This issues Important Talk is On Belief, Disbelief and Politics in Russia and the U.S.A by Prof. O. V. Chistyakova (Novorossiysk, continued from the previous issue) followed by Does Russia Have a Future? by S. P. Ivanenkov (St. Petersburg).

The Youth and Philosophy. The 21st Century column includes papers by E. M. Belotsvetova, a student of the Moscow University of Peoples Friendship on Normative Ethics of Business Partnership presented at the International Conference on Philosophy and Ethics of Business: Education, Theory and Practice and by A. V. Lebedev, a student of the GUGN-University on Eschatology of Shiism and Its Influence on the Policies of Iran.

By way of Pursuing the Subject we publish articles Humanising Biological Education as an Essential Part of Mankinds Survival Strategy by Pr. M. V. Gusev, Ye. R. Kartashova, Ph.D. (Biology), A. V. Oleskin, D.Sc. (Biology) (Moscow) and Education of Pupils in Traditions of Orthodox Christianity by N. S. Malyakova, Ph.D. (Pedagogic) (Pskov).

Mentioned as Noteworthy is information on the forthcoming discussion of the Global Studies Encyclopedia at a meeting of the Scientists Club scheduled for 5 February 2004; on International Conference Kantian Readings: Kant between West and East (22-24 April 2004, Kaliningrad); on the Russian Nation-wide Workshop on Problems of Social Humanism: History and Modernity. The Fourth Marxist Readings (22 April 2004, Nizhnevartovsk).

Read Useful Information on the future activities of the RPhS Virtual Studies Section scheduled for January-May 2004.

In the Feedback section read the review of the RPhS Bulletin No. 2 (2003) by Pr. V. F. Druzhinin (Moscow).

We open a new column, New Notions and Terms, to be supervised by Mikhail Epstein (Atlanta, the USA).

See also book reviews, annotations, book announcements, information on books and journals available at the Presidium of the Russian Philosophical Society, on The Philosopher, a journal published by the English Philosophical Society, on the doctoral and candidate dissertations in philosophy defended in the fourth quarter of 2003.

In the Philosophers Joke Too column read philosophical jokes by Liliya Yegorova, a student from Kazan and excerpts from Uncle Lius 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 Nathan Solodukho (Kazan) and Dmitry Vorobyov (Cheboksary).

Read also letters of congratulations on various occasions (jubilees, awards and other notable events) and obituaries.

We also publish the RPhS Conferences Plan for the Year 2004 (85 conferences), Supplement to the RPhS Structure and Additions to the RPhS Membership List (4,252 members).

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 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 chumakov@logic.ru. Our Internet website is www.logic.ru/~phil-soc. To contact the Editors, please, call (095) 2012402.

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