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Ilyenkov in the Context of Soviet Philosophical Culture: An Interview with Sergey Mareev

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Sergey Nikolaevich Mareev is one of the main figures in the Ilyenkovian heritage among present-day Russian philosophers, and he has written several books developing the themes of Evald Vasilyevich Ilyenkov's philosophy, such as The Dialectics of the Logical and the Historical and Marx's Concrete Historicism. Ilyenkov is credited with understanding Marxist dialectics not only as a general theory of development, but as logic and a theory of knowledge. In other words, he charted a direction of Marxist research into the field of epistemology and methodology. Ilyenkov agreed that Marxism was a variety of Spinozism, as Engels had characterised it in conversation with Plekhanov. For Ilyenkov, Marxism was the culmination of the development of all previous intellectual culture, and above all the development of philosophy. All philosophical culture is concentrated in the history of philosophy, and there can be no philosophy beyond the history of philosophy.

Keywords: Engels; Evald Vasilyevich Ilyenkov; Marxist dialectics; philosophical culture; Sergey Nikolaevich Mareev; Spinozism



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