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The aim of the article is to outline some lines of development of the question of the conceptualization of philosophical inquiry in the projects of Heidegger's fundamental ontology and Lask's logic of philosophy. For this purpose, the article describes the range of problems related to this issue, within the framework of which both philosophical constructions are located. The ground for this comparison is the adaptation of some of the conceptual tools of Lask's philosophy in Heidegger's early writings, as well as in Being and Time. At the same time, the identification of the degree of influence of Lask's ideas on the problematics of Being and Time is a separate and complicated task. In order to indicate the possible significance of Lask's ideas for fundamental ontology, the article analyses some concepts introduced by Lask, which may indicate the ideas that guided Heidegger in setting the tasks of conceptualization of the question of Being. Such concepts include constitutive and reflexive categories, material determination, material involvement (Bewandtnis), validity, pretheoretical meanings, categorial affectedness, moment of clarity, etc. In the conclusion of the article, it is pointed out that although Lask bases the production of philosophical categories on the idea of motivating all meanings by immediate experience, just like in phenomenological inquire, a significant drawback of the construction is the lack of grounding of categories, which could become an analog of the phenomenological doctrine of foundation. The project of Heidegger's fundamental ontology, in turn, is characterized by a greater degree of realization. In order to expand the concept of Being to the sphere of experience, Heidegger adopts both Lask's ideas and the results of the phenomenological analysis of the structure of intentionality, as a result of which being in fundamental ontology acquires its historical dimension, from which the conceptualization of the question of Being is carried out.
The paper sketches a way to connect the cognitively realistic notion of relevance needed for social coordination and game-theoretic models of such coordination, in particular, that of correlated equilibrium. Such a connection would help to answer the question of how social coordination described in game theory is evolutionary and cognitively possible. The main argument put forward is to equate a signal’s relevance to its information quantity—the more relevant a signal is, the more it changes probabilities of action.
This paper considers the situation of ethnographic observation of zoologist’s scientific practice at an outdoor school dedicated to science and technology studies. However, in the process of observation the object of study is changing, since the zoologist sees her aim at the school as pedagogical. The ambiguity of the situation is illustrated with help of transcript analysis of conversation. The ambiguity consists of situation having characteristic features of both formal and mundane types of interaction. Due to structural organization analysis of that situation it is possible to say that considered interaction is quasi-formal because its interaction order does not prescribe desirable behavior but only restricts possible one. Philosophical implications of the theoretical frame undertaken by the author to better grasp empirical material are considered in the end of the paper.
In 2019, a new book by Lenhard was published. Lenhard attempts to separate computer simulations from classical mathematical modeling. Having structured the material accumulated over the years of research into three parts, Lenhard correctly, without starting the construction of revolutionary metaphysical concepts, takes the reader through the new world of the philosophy of computer simulations. In the first part, the author proves the thesis that computer simulations are a completely new, previously unknown, type of mathematical modeling. The second part focuses on the conceptual epistemic transformations of mathematical modeling as applied to computer simulations. Particular importance is attached to the verification methods used in scientific experiments: verification and validation. In the third part, Lenhard, questioning the purely scientific rational way of knowing, tries to grope for the contours of new methods that will be due to the use of computer simulations in scientific research practice. In this article, we will analyze the problem areas that Lenhard identifies in his book as the most important for understanding the philosophical essence of computer simulations.
The article considers the influence of Dostoevsky’s thought to the philosophy of N.A. Berdyaev and
S.L. Frank. The crucial concept and experience of “living knowledge” and its anticipation in
Dostoevsky’s heritage are discussed. Given that the problem of “living knowledge” overpasses the boundaries
of pure gnoseology, we examines themes of ethical ideal, the meaning of religious belief and its
existential significance. Besides that, in the article are presented three interrelated projects of theodicy in
the Russian philosophy of 20th century (by N.A. Berdyaev, B.P. Vysheslavtsev and S.L. Frank). All of
these projects are grounded in Dostoevsky’s thought. The supplement to the article consists of the first
Russian translation of N.A. Arsenyev’s lecture “The central inspiration of Dostoevsky”.
In the modern Russian philosophy, discussions about the phenomenon of computer simulations in the scientific research practice of conducting experiments are just beginning to pass the stage of initiation in small interdisciplinary groups studying this new direction for the philosophy of science. At the same time, in Western philosophy by the current moment there have been formed entire directions for the study of computer simulations. Different groups of researchers in different ways form ideas about the basic characteristics of simulations: from skeptical views on their nature, which are of no philosophical interest, to extremely revolutionary attitudes that assign simulations to the main role in the next expected turn of philosophy, comparable in its power to the linguistic turn in early XX century. One of the main controversial issues in Western philosophical thought was the search for relevant criteria and signs of simulations that could create a solid basis for formulating a rigorous definition of this phenomenon. Thus, through the definition, researchers first of all try, on the one hand, to solve the taxonomic problem of the correlation and interconnection of simulations with other types of experiment: natural, laboratory, mental, mathematical. On the other hand, to reveal for philosophy ontological and epistemological foundations of simulations, which carry the potential of new philosophical knowledge. This article is devoted to a brief review of the existing concepts of representatives of Western schools of thought on the phenomenon of computer simulations in the context of the philosophy of science. The structure of the review is built on three basic conceptual directions: 1) definition of the term "computer simulation"; 2) computer simulations as an experiment; 3) the epistemic value of simulations. Such a review can become the subject of discussion for Russian researchers interested in the impact of computer simulations on science and philosophy
This article attempts to explore Carl Schmitt’s political theology with reference to the philosophical and literature heritage of Søren Kierkegaard. For most modern scholars, the presence of this ideological connection is no longer something unknown or to be doubted. In the key statements of political theology, the dialectic of exception and of the universal is found, appearing in the same way as it was formulated by Kierkegaard. More often, the exception is the one that attracts the attention of specialists. However, in addition to the exception, Kierkegaard also speculated on repetition; it was the Danish philosopher’s work of the same name that was the source of the quotation with which Schmitt illustrated the significance of the sovereign decision for the systematic doctrine of the state. This paper redefines Schmitt’s main ideas through the notion of repetition, and demonstrates the theoretical novelty and productivity of this approach to the study of the heritage of one of the key political thinkers of the twentieth century.
The article discusses Vyacheslav Ivanov’s interpretation of “the Russian Idea” concept. In particular, it demonstrates the philosophical nature of this concept in the context of Vyacheslav Ivanov’s theory of symbolism. This calls into question the “mystical” interpretation of the sociopolitical views of the thinker, which already during his lifetime became one of the arguments of his critics.
The author refers to the most “mysterious” work of Vyacheslav Ivanov which was essentially his testament. It is shown that “The Tale of Tsarevich Svetomir” is the quintessence of Ivanov’s philosophical worldview. The author maintains that some key concepts of Ivanov’s cultural philosophy find their artistic embodiment in the “Tale”: symbol, myth, Russian idea, element. The author examines the genre classification of the “Tale” and concludes that the Ivanov’s choice of the genre of the work was determined by the use of folklore material in the framework of modernist literary experiments, which is characteristic of the poetics of Silver Age. The distinctive features of Ivanov's symbolism in relation to the artistic trends of the Silver Age are also indicated. The mythological form of the “Tale” reflects Ivanov's philosophy of mythology which can be therefore understood as a structure-forming principle of the artwork. This makes it possible to use the basic concepts of Ivanovs’s symbolism as hermeneutic keys to “The Tale of Tsarevich Svetomir”. The final part of the article justifies the hypothesis that the Russian idea qua myth constitutes the main content of “The Tale of Tsarevich Svetomir”.
The article is focused around ontological status of state in modern political realism. It seems that possibility of moral evaluation depends on the existence of the evaluated object. Only the real objects can be fully valuable. The article demonstrates that theoretical abstraction of social world can function as values only by being the ends that have to be fulfilled. The notion of state plays crucial role in realist theory, while states themselves are basic units of international system. This puts the state in an ambivalent position. On the one hand realists view state as a mere theoretical abstraction without proper existence. On the other hand state acts as a value in analysis of statesmen motives. The author claims that realism, being an “understanding” social theory, is stuck between scientific and political value systems. This problem is possible to solve by splitting the concept of state (and related notions), based on the context of its usage.
The research is dedicated to the critical comparison of two phenomenological strategies that elaborate the issue of space (G. Bachelard’s and D. Trigg’s), and link the placement in space with the emotional and bodily experience and the capacity of human to extend beyond. Phenomenological descriptions of the spacial experience indicate the deeply emotional colouring of human attitude towards place, that implies searching for one’s “own place in the world”, or a home. The article develops the idea that the relationship between the human and the space (or the way the body perceives the space) can be conceptualized through the concepts of topophilia and topophobia. This explanation has existential ground, and it has to deal with poetic imagination, hope and anxiety. The concepts of the friendly/unfriendly landscape or environment cannot be reduced to the personal or subjective judgement on its ergonomics, but it also cannot be limited to the constructive characteristics and pecularities of some place perceived as a “workspace”, “leisure area” etc. The friendliness of the space as such can be comprehended through the phenomenological description of bodily experience and the corresponding research of topophilia and topophobia, which should be treated not as psychological diagnosis or concrete attitudes of consciousness, but as phenomena, which are revealing itself in the world. Phenomenology of bodily presence in space can be seen as a prolific method, that could provide the descriptions of experience, which are necessary for implementation of “the right of the city” (H. Lefebvre).
The paper focuses on the review of current literature on formal philosophy. Special attention is paid to the review of the book «Introduction to Formal Philosophy» [Hansson, Hendricks, 2018].