Russian Philosophy: Historiography, Canon and Identity Formation

Project leader

Dr. Kåre Johan Mjør

Project period

August 2011-July 2013

Project description

The project explores the historiography of Russian philosophy, focusing in particular on two different periods: The debates over a national philosophy in late imperial Russia and the maintenance and dissemination of a philosophical canon in post-Soviet Russia, in both cases with particular emphasis on how philosophy has been used in processes of identity formation.

Related publications

“Philosophy, Modernity and National Identity: The Quest for a Russian Philosophy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Slavonic and East European Review 92:4 (2014), 622–652. 

“Budushchee proshlogo: K istorii poniatiia ‘Russkaia ideia’,” in Issledovaniia po istorii russkoi mysli: Ezhegodnik za 2010/2011 gg., ed. by Modest Kolerov and Nikolai Plotnikov (Moscow: Modest Kolerov, 2014), 404–440. (online:

“Digitizing Everything? Online Libraries on the RuNet,” in Digital Russia: The Culture, Language and Politics of New Media Communications, ed. by Michael Gorham, Ingunn Lunde and Martin Paulsen (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), 215–230.

“A Past of One’s Own: The Post-Soviet Historiography of Russian Philosophy,” Ab Imperio 3 (2013), 315–350. (Extended abstract:

“The Christian Justification of the Nation: The Idea of Nationality in Russian Religious Thought,” in Russia, Religion and Secularism, ed. by Ana Siljak and Christopher Stroop (forthcoming).