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“Thinking eternally and continuously.” The Russian Experience of Mamardashvili

Studies in East European Thought. 2019. Vol. 71. No. 3. P. 199-215.

The philosophy of Mamardashvili can be presented through the prism of his experience of living through Soviet history, which became a “beneficial vantage point”, and through his understanding not just of deeply theoretical but also existential Russian themes. His particular style – “the living through of thought” in the presence of the other (whether that other was a real or historic interlocutor) reflected a covert protest and spiritual opposition to the zombified masses and to history. A special place in the analysis of his ideas has been devoted to the mediative - «intermittential space of the self» or the theory of symbols. In the article not only is the symbolic theory of Mamardashvili and Pyatigorsky analysed but a comparative description of this theory with those of Ernst Cassirer, Aleksei Losev and Mikhail Lifshits is provided.