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Георгий Степанович Кнабе – философ, филолог, историк культуры. К столетию со дня рождения (20.08.1920 – 30.10.2011)

‘Philosopher’, ‘philologist’, ‘cultural historian’ – these names are separated by commas in the title of the present paper, suggesting that philosophical treatises and works on philology and cultural history pertain each to its own domain and can be analyzed separately. This is not completely true, or even not true, at all. In particular, when speaking of G.S.Knabe, one should rather join these words by equality signs or hyphens. His works, whether dedicated to philosophy, semiotics, everyday life history, to literature or music, discuss so wide a variety of issues that it is hardly appropriate to subsume them under any narrow label. Knabe’s memoires and his published correspondence show all these issues to be a part of his everyday reflections and concerns. Knabe’s method born out of his innermost experience was to immerse in today’s history and to expand the limits of the notion of culture from ‘exalted’ to ‘routine’, while strictly adhering to provable judgements and relying on lively communication with colleagues and friends.