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REES: Ilyenkov. Soviet Marxism in Search of the Ideal

Monday, February 24, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Watson Hall
Room: 517
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The Russian and East European Studies Network would like to invite you to:


“Ilyenkov: Soviet Marxism in Search of the Ideal” Film Screening and Panel Discussion


Canadian premiere of the Alexander Rozhkov documentary: Ilyenkov

Panel Discussion:

David Bakhurst, Queen's University
Rogney Piedra Arencibia, Queen's University
Alex Levant, York University

February 24, 2020

Watson Hall, 517

5:30 PM


Evald Vasilevich Ilyenkov (1924–1979) was the most significant Russian Marxist philosopher of the Soviet era. In the “thaw” that followed Stalin’s death, Ilyenkov produced original writings on Marx’s method and “the problem of the ideal.” He later became known for his resolute defence of a humanistic vision in the face of Soviet optimism

about the scientific-technological revolution. A celebrated figure among critical Marxists, Ilyenkov fought with the Soviet philosophical establishment throughout his career, from the bitter controversy in the mid-1950s over his heretical “theses on philosophy” to the suppression of his late essay, “Dialectics of the Ideal.” Alexander Rozhkov’s engaging documentary film, Ilyenkov, explores his life, work and legacy.


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