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It is hard to say anything about the “present-day condition of philosophy in Russia,” since we would first have to define the “present day,” and then specify what exactly we mean by “philosophy,” and then, finally, have to come to terms as to who qualifies to be called a “Russian philosopher” and who doesn’t. If we forego the search for some “Russian idea” expressed in one set of terms and not another, attempting to limit the number of the authors of philosophical works to the citizens of the Russian Federation, disregarding the fact that a large number of colleagues from Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan are Russian and write in the Russian language, or apply “parentheses” to the numerous works of the authors from outside the “guild” (specialising in cultural or political studies, theologians, writers, etc.), the question becomes much easier to answer and can be rendered to providing a diagnosis of the corporate structure constituted by Russian philosophers.
What greatly complicates...