Contingency and Necessity in Evald Ilyenkov’s Communist Cosmology

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621177
Title:
Contingency and Necessity in Evald Ilyenkov’s Communist Cosmology
Authors:
Penzin, Alexei ( 0000-0002-0522-8157 )
Abstract:
The article argues for contemporary relevance of "Cosmology of the Spirit" by the outstanding Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, and explores its historical and intellectual contexts. This short treatise was written in the first half of the 1950s, but only published posthumously in the 1980s as it was too heretical to be published in the author’s lifetime. The text was heretical because of its enormous speculative drive. Addressing the physicist idea of the “entropic death of the universe” and using a combination of materialist dialectics and Spinoza’s concept of attribute, Ilyenkov claimed that thought is a necessary attribute of matter as it is able to prevent the terminal entropy of the universe. The paper uses the ideas of Ilyenkov’s cosmology in order to critically address contemporary currents of “speculative” philosophy.
Publisher:
e-flux
Journal:
e-flux journal, #88
Issue Date:
Feb-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621177
Additional Links:
http://www.e-flux.com/journal/88/174178/contingency-and-necessity-in-evald-ilyenkov-s-communist-cosmology/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0000-0000
Appears in Collections:
FOA

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dc.contributor.authorPenzin, Alexeien
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-13T15:47:47Z-
dc.date.available2018-03-13T15:47:47Z-
dc.date.issued2018-02-
dc.identifier.issn0000-0000en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621177-
dc.description.abstractThe article argues for contemporary relevance of "Cosmology of the Spirit" by the outstanding Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, and explores its historical and intellectual contexts. This short treatise was written in the first half of the 1950s, but only published posthumously in the 1980s as it was too heretical to be published in the author’s lifetime. The text was heretical because of its enormous speculative drive. Addressing the physicist idea of the “entropic death of the universe” and using a combination of materialist dialectics and Spinoza’s concept of attribute, Ilyenkov claimed that thought is a necessary attribute of matter as it is able to prevent the terminal entropy of the universe. The paper uses the ideas of Ilyenkov’s cosmology in order to critically address contemporary currents of “speculative” philosophy.en
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.e-flux.com/journal/88/174178/contingency-and-necessity-in-evald-ilyenkov-s-communist-cosmology/en
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dc.subjectPhilosophyen
dc.subjectHegelen
dc.subjectSpinozaen
dc.subjectSpeculative Realismen
dc.subjectDialectical Materialismen
dc.subjectAlain Badiouen
dc.subjectPhilosophy of Cosmologyen
dc.subjectCulture in the Soviet Unionen
dc.subjectQuentin Meillassouxen
dc.subjectCosmologyen
dc.subjectFriedrich Engelsen
dc.subjectEvald Ilyenkoven
dc.subjectSoviet Marxismen
dc.titleContingency and Necessity in Evald Ilyenkov’s Communist Cosmologyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journale-flux journal, #88en
dc.date.accepted2017-11-
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