Russian for foreigners. A 2.1.
A course of lectures on the Russian literature of the Silver Age
In the histories of ecumenism, its initial formation is usually dated the early 20th century. The World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910 is referred to as its «symbolic beginning». A quest for the origins of the ecumenical thought led researchers to find some early voices in the previous centuries, even as early as in the 15th—16th c. However, there are Oriental sources which witness to a much earlier formation of the ecumenical paradigm of the ecclesiological thought, typologically corresponding to that developed in the 20th c. In the Golden Age of Medieval Muslim culture under the Abbasid caliphate, an ecumenical position is witnessed to by some Middle Eastern Christian authors. In their works, the main Christian denominations are not polemically presented as opposed to each other, but on the contrary, the essential unity of various Christian beliefs is emphasized, and the ways the main Christian communities follow are claimed to be equal in value. The present study uses the Medieval Arabic sources to demonstrate that the history of the ecumenical thought should be corrected by supplying a chapter on the Medieval Eastern period of the history.
The “Book of Sessions” (Kitāb al-majālis) of Elias of Nisibis, Metropolitan of the Church of the East (975–1046), with his Muslim vis-à-vis, vizier Abū ʾl-Qāsim al-Maghribī (981–1027), is a remarkable example of the Christian Arabic literature of the 11th c.—the time of the flowering of the Arabic culture. In the present edition, it is compared with the “Epistle” of Elias to the vizier, and some documents that reveal the history of the creation of the “Book” are also taken into consideration.
Commented edition of Yury Koval's novel "Underspring"
Academic commentary on three novels by Yuri Koval
The paper studies the concept of "business" in Russian and French. The conclusion is that the perception of the concept "business" in our country is different from its perception by the French. It has undergone significant changes, due to certain developments in the economic and political life of society.
This book is an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon of the Russian left avant-garde, represented, first of all, in works of constructivists, productivists and factographists, which gathered in the 1920th around the reviews LEF and Novy Lef, and such institutes as INHUK, VHUTEMAS and GAKhN. The book argues that the left avant-garde is a self-reflective social and anthropological practice, which loses nothing of its artistic qualities, because of conscious attempt of its protagonists to solve political and everyday problems of the people, which got a possibility of social liberation after 1917 . With appropriate interdisciplinary instruments, the book addresses to such different figures as Andrey Bely and Andrey Platonov, Nikolay Evreinov and Dziga Vertov, Gustav Spet, Boris Arvatov etc. These different authors are united by the discovery of a specific layer of sensibility and of an alternative structure of the subconscious in their works, which are described in terms of a provocative concept of 'new sensibility'. Collectivity means here not an exterior social organization, but an immanent order of images from artworks, which enables them to be simultaneously both useful and purposeful, comfortable and esthetically outstanding .
The book is an open source for anyone interested in the humanities, especially in Philosophy, Literature and Art; it is addressed to artist and activists as well.
Igor Chubarov — Doctor of Philosophy; researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences; a member of Center for Modern Philosophy and Social Sciences at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University; Associate Editor of Logos Journal. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin, 2006–2008).