Preface to Yakhot’s history of early Soviet philosophy

The entire Translator’s Preface published here:

Yehoshua Yakhot’s The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR (The 1920s & 1930s) is essential reading for an understanding of the devastating impact of Stalinism on philosophy in the Soviet Union. The translator’s preface published today provides an introduction to this new English translation. To order your advance copy, click here.

bookAlthough twenty years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, hardly any aspect of the society that arose after the socialist revolution of October 1917 has been exhausted by historians. To be sure, there was a flood of historical material in the half decade of perestroika before the Soviet Union was dissolved in December 1991. And, although many archival sources have become available since the early 1990s, little consensus has been reached regarding the overarching question: Was there an alternative to Stalinism?

In order to begin to answer this question, it has first been necessary to conduct extensive and painstaking work to restore the names erased from Soviet history in virtually every area: politics, literature, science, economics, and lastly, the subject of this book, philosophy. In each of these realms, the results have been uneven and incomplete, yet significant gains have been made by many researchers from the former Soviet Union, including writers such as Yehoshua Yakhot.


4 thoughts on “Preface to Yakhot’s history of early Soviet philosophy

  1. Dear Mikhail,
    I know this isn’t really the place, but I can’t find your contact details, and I wanted to ask you a question. Afaik, roughly speaking, Kant’s CPuR sets out to draw a line around legitimate areas of knowledge. Falling into the illegitimate area are, essentially, all kinds of fetishes, ranging from the arch-fetish {god) to presumably all the others, unicorns, bugbears etc.

    It seems to me that OOO is pretty straightforward commodity-fetishism. Commodities are literally actors. Do you think it could be just the case that if you dodge epistemological questions you always turn into some kind of idolator?

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