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Mikhail Epstein
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    .Mikhail Epstein - 2010 - Common Knowledge 16 (3):367-403.
    In this guest column, Epstein offers “a new sign” that, he argues, resolves difficulties that have arisen in many theories and practices, including linguistics, semiotics, literary theory, poetics, aesthetics, ecology, ecophilology, eco-ethics, metaphysics, theology, psychology, and phenomenology. The new sign, a pair of quotation marks around a blank space, signfies the absence of any sign. Most generally, “ ” relates to the blank space that surrounds and underlies a text; by locating “ ” within the text, the margins are brought (...)
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    Inventive thinking in the humanities.Mikhail Epstein - 2017 - Common Knowledge 23 (1):1-18.
    This essay's central concern is the need for a new, practical dimension in the humanities, emphasizing their constructive rather than purely scholarly aspects. An analysis is offered of various types of inventions in the fields of linguistics, philosophy, art, and literature, such as new disciplines, genres, cultural practices, and intellectual movements. An invention is not the production of a given work, however great, but rather a principle or technique that can be applied to the production of many works by others. (...)
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  3. The unasked question: What would Bakhtin say?Mikhail Epstein - 2004 - Common Knowledge 10 (1):42-60.
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    Schizophrenic fascism: on Russia’s war in Ukraine.Mikhail Epstein - 2022 - Studies in East European Thought 74 (4):475-481.
    This essay describes some of the literary, psychological, and historical causes of Russia’s war in Ukraine (2022) based on observations of the national character found in the fiction of Aleksandr Pushkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky and in philosophical and psychological essays of Petr Chaadaev, Sergei Askol’dov, and Sigmund Freud. The political ideology that stands behind the war can be characterized as schizofascism, or schizophrenic fascism that embraces the contradiction between archaic myths, chauvinism, and xenophobia, on the one hand, and corruption and (...)
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    The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia.Mikhail Epstein - 2009 - Common Knowledge 15 (3):506-507.
  6. In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia.Clemena Antonova, Aurelian Craiutu, Mikhail Epstein, Elena Gapova, Letitia Guran, Ivars Ijabs, Natasa Kovacevic, Jeffrey Murer, Veronika Tuckerova, Vladimir Tismaneanu & Maria Todorova (eds.) - 2010 - Lexington Books.
    The volume draws attention to the unknown and unexplored areas, trends and ways of thinking under the communist regime. It demonstrates how various bodies of knowledge were produced, disseminated and used for a wide variety of purposes: from openly justifying dominant political views to framing oppositional and non-official discourses and practices.
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    A Philosophy of the Possible: Modalities in Thought and Culture.Mikhail Epstein - 2019 - Boston: Brill | Rodopi.
    In this book, Mikhail Epstein offers a systematic theory of modalities and their impact on the philosophy and culture of modernity and postmodernity, focusing on the creative potentials of possibilistic thinking for the humanities.
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  8. Filosofii͡a Tela.Mikhail Epstein - 2006 - Izd-Vo "Aleteĭi͡a".
     
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  9. Ideas against ideocracy: non-Marxist thought of the late Soviet period (1953-1991).Mikhail Epstein - 2021 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    This groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost theoreticians of culture and scholars of Russian philosophy gives for the first time a systematic examination of the development of Russian philosophy during the late Soviet period. Countering the traditional view of an intellectual wilderness under the Soviet regime, Mikhail Epstein provides a comprehensive account of Russian thought of the second half of the 20th century that is highly sophisticated without losing clarity. It provides new insights into previously mostly ignored areas (...)
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  10. The phoenix of philosophy: Russian thought of the late Soviet period (1953-1991).Mikhail Epstein - 2019 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    This groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost theoreticians of Russian literature, culture, and thought gives for the first time an extensive and detailed examination of the development of Russian thought during the late Soviet period. Countering the traditional view of an intellectual wilderness under the Soviet regime, Mikhail Epstein offers a systematic account of Russian thought in the second half of the 20th century. In doing so, he provides new insights into previously ignored areas such as Russian liberalism, (...)
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  11. Tom Wolfe and Social (ist) Realism.Mikhail Epstein - 1992 - Common Knowledge 1 (2):147.
     
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    Main Trends of Contemporary Russian Thought.Mikhail Epstein - 2001 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:131-146.
    This paper focuses on the most recent period in the development of Russian thought (1960s–1990s). Proceeding from the cyclical patterns of Russian intellectual history, I propose to name it the third philosophical awakening. I define the main tendency of this period as the struggle of thought against ideocracy. I then suggest a classification of main trends in Russian thought of this period: (1) Dialectical Materialism in its evolution from late Stalinism to neo-communist mysticism; (2) Neorationalism and Structuralism; (3) Religious Orthodox (...)
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    The Demise of the First Secularization: The Church of Gogol and the Church of Belinsky.Mikhail Epstein - 2006 - Studies in East European Thought 58 (2):95-105.
    The article presents Gogol as marking the end of a century-long phase of secularism in Russian culture, from Peter the Great to Pushkin, and as the first writer to represent the cultural phenomenon of the ‘New Middle Ages’ and renewed religious zeal, first described by Berdyaev; further, it highlights some commonalities between Gogol and Belinsky and takes Belinsky as a leading instance of ‘religious atheism’. The article goes on to consider Russian culture’s need for neutral ‘middle ground’ between its multiple (...)
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    From the Golden Rule to the Diamond Rule: An Introduction to Stereo Ethics.Mikhail Epstein - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 10:77-89.
    Aristotle stated one of the most influential postulates in the history of ethics: virtue is the middle point between two vicious extremes: "…excess and defect are characteristic of vice, and the mean of virtue. For men are good in but one way, but bad in many." The paper argues that between two vices there are two virtues that comprise two different moral perspectives as perceived by stereoethics. For example, two virtues can be found between the vices of miserliness and wastefulness: (...)
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    Between humanity and human beings information trauma and the evolution of the species.Mikhail Epstein - 2007 - Common Knowledge 13 (1):18-32.
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    To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture by Eleonory Gilburd.Mikhail Epstein - 2020 - Common Knowledge 26 (3):433-433.
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    The Art of World-Making.Mikhail Epstein - 2013 - Philosophy Now 95:22-24.
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    Postmodernist thought of the late Soviet period: three profiles.Mikhail Epstein - 2021 - Studies in East European Thought 73 (4):477-493.
    This article introduces postmodernist trends in late Soviet thought through the prism of the three generations: the philosopher and writer Aleksandr Zinoviev, the poet, artist, and theorist Dmitrii Prigov, and the youngest Soviet conceptualist artistic group “The Medical Hermeneutics Inspectorate” as represented by Pavel Peppershtein, Sergei Anufriev, and Yurii Leiderman. The article shows how Conceptualism, an influential artistic and intellectual movement of the 1970s–1980–s, used the Soviet ideological system as a material for philosophical parody and pastiche, often characterized also by (...)
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    Postcolonial Poland.Péter Nádas, Jeffrey M. Perl, Mikhail Epstein, Galin Tihanov, Clare Cavanagh, László F. Földényi, Erica Johnson Debeljak & Jeffrey C. Isaac - 2004 - Common Knowledge 10 (1):82-92.
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    The Total Art of Stalinism: Avante-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond by Boris Groys.Mikhail Epstein - 2019 - Common Knowledge 25 (1-3):444-445.
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    Introduction: Idées Fixes and Fausses Idées Claires.Mikhail Epstein & Jeffrey M. Perl - 2013 - Common Knowledge 19 (2):217-223.
    This essay, coauthored by the editor and a member of the editorial board of Common Knowledge, introduces the fifth installment of the journal's symposium “Fuzzy Studies,” which is about the “consequence of blur.” Beginning with a review of Enlightenment ideas about ideas — especially Descartes's argument that a mind “unclouded and attentive” can be “wholly freed from doubt” (Rules III, 5) — this essay then turns to assess the validity of counter-Enlightenment arguments, mostly Russian but also anglophone and French, against (...)
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    Lyrical Philosophy, or How to Sing with Mind.Mikhail Epstein - 2014 - Common Knowledge 20 (2):204-213.
    The article suggests that, contrary to widespread opinions and standard encyclopedic definitions, philosophy is a domain not only of thoughts and ideas but also of feelings. Philosophy as love for wisdom includes emotions in both of its components. Among the many various feelings that we experience, there is a discrete group that, thanks to their involvement with universals, may be regarded as philosophical. Wonder, grief, compassion, tenderness, hope, despair, and delight are philosophical if they are experienced on behalf of humankind (...)
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    Book review: After the future. The paradoxes of postmodernism and contemporary Russian culture. [REVIEW]Mikhail Epstein & Anesatr Miller-Pogacar - 1996 - Philosophy and Literature 20 (2).
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    The Nonhuman Turn.Mikhail Epstein - 2017 - Common Knowledge 23 (3):550-550.
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    Welcome to Project MUSE.Mikhail Epstein - 2010 - Common Knowledge 16 (3):367-403.
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