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Russian Sociological Review: Social Order and Art Sources of Imaginations

Edited by: A. F. Filippov, N. Farkhatdinov.

Higher School of Economics, National Research University, 2020.

Georg Simmel and Semyon Frank: from Kant to Lebensphilosophie

Aleksandr Begrambekov.

Russian Sociological Review. 2022. Vol. 21. No. 4. P. 57-81.

Book chapter
The State in the International Legal Order

Alexander Filippov.

In bk.: The Future of the State. NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020. Ch. 2. P. 39-64.

Working paper
Abductive theory of meaning

Shumilina V.

Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2020

De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
School of Philosophy
Elective course
2 year, 1-3 module


Course Syllabus


Interest in meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation has grown exponentially in recent years. Rather than being seen as mystical practices from ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, they are increasingly seen as technologies rooted in evidence from psychology and neuroscience. Mindfulness has become the basis for numerous therapeutic interventions, both as a treatment in healthcare and as a means of enhancing well-being and happiness. For millions around the world, mindfulness has become a life-style choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. Mindfulness is big business. Evolving from the popular Honours Academy course at Leiden University, this innovative course combines conventional scholarly inquiry from multiple disciplines (ranging from psychology, through philosophy, to politics) with experiential learning (including specially designed ‘meditation labs,’ in which you’ll get chance to practice and analyze mindfulness on yourself).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Instead of being regarded as the mystical practices of ancient Buddhism or esoteric philosophy, we will consider them as technologies based on evidence from psychology and neurobiology.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • analyzes the plan of the course
  • analyzes the foundational question of what Mindfulness actually is
  • understands the "construct Mindfulness" as a therapeutic tool and as a scientific technology
  • analyzes the nature of the relationship between Buddhism and Mindfulness
  • analyzes Mindfulness as a social movement
  • analyzes some of the main challenges and also give some thought to what might come next for those of us who want to keep a Mindfulness practice in their lives
  • knows how to build on the accumulated knowledge original, new projects
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Welcome to the course
  • Psychology of/& Mindfulness
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Philosophy of/& Mindfulness
  • Politics of/& Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness into the Future
  • Honours Project
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Test (Welcome to the course)
  • non-blocking 3 tests (Introduction to Mindfulness)
  • non-blocking 3 tests (Psychology of/& Mindfulness)
  • non-blocking 2 tests (Philosophy of/& Mindfulness)
  • non-blocking 2 tests (Politics of/& Mindfulness)
  • non-blocking 2 tests (Mindfulness into the Future)
  • non-blocking Test (Honours Project)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.1 * 2 tests (Mindfulness into the Future) + 0.1 * 2 tests (Philosophy of/& Mindfulness) + 0.1 * 2 tests (Politics of/& Mindfulness) + 0.1 * 3 tests (Introduction to Mindfulness) + 0.2 * 3 tests (Psychology of/& Mindfulness) + 0.3 * Test (Honours Project) + 0.1 * Test (Welcome to the course)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A Historical and Theoretical Review of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies: From Structural Self-Knowledge to Functional Processes. (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-018-0292-8
  • Dobson, K. S. (2019). Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Fourth Edition (Vol. Fourth edition). New York: The Guilford Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1910953
  • Goodman-Bhyat, D. (2016). INtheFLOW : Taking Mindfulness to Work: the Power of Noticing the Small Stuff. Randburg [South Africa]: KR Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1419905
  • Srinivasan, M. (2014). Teach, Breathe, Learn : Mindfulness in and Out of the Classroom. Berkeley, Cal: Parallax Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=781133

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Friedberg, R. D., & Paternostro, J. K. (2019). Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Medical Conditions. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2266251