Friday, April 23, 2010


Tihanov, Galin, ed. Gustav Shpet's Contribution to Philosophy and Cultural Theory. West Lafayette, IND: Purdue UP, 2009. Summary: Gustav Gustavovich Shpet (1879-1937) has emerged as the most prominent Russian philosopher of the first third of the twentieth century. The principal promoter of Husserlian phenomenology, at the same time creatively modifying Husserl and at times departing from him, Shpet was also an early advocate of hermeneutics. He left behind seminal work spanning philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, literary and theatre theory, and the history of Russian thought. Significantly, many of his concerns anticipate scholarship that has dominated the discourse on theories of culture and the philosophy of language in the last decades. The present volume brings Gustav Shpet’s multifaceted work to the attention of Western scholarly communities. It offers original research by leading experts from the US, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and Russia, which covers the central areas of Shpet’s work – phenomenology, philosophy of language, cultural theory, and aesthetics – and takes forward the current state of knowledge and debates on his contribution to these fields of enquiry. The volume also contains, for the first time in English translation, the most seminal portions of Shpet’s book-length study of hermeneutics, undoubtedly one of his most significant works for contemporary students of cultural theory. Thoroughly researched bibliographies of Shpet’s publications and of scholarship on him are also included. Contents: Acknowledgements Galin Tihanov, "Gustav Shpet’s Life and Works: Introduction to the Volume" Part One: Mapping out the Field Peter Steiner, "Tropos Logicos: Gustav Shpet's Philosophy of History" Robert Bird, "The Hermeneutic Triangle: Gustav Shpet's Aesthetics in Context" Vladimir Zinchenko and James V. Wertsch, "Shpet's Influence on Psychology" Galin Tihanov, "Gustav Shpet's Literary and Theater Affiliations" Part Two: The Russian Context James P. Scanlan, "The Fate of Philosophy in Russia: Shpet's Studies in the History of Russian Thought" Steven Cassedy, "Gustav Shpet and Phenomenology in an Orthodox Key" Maryse Dennes, "Vladimir Solov'ev and the Legacy of Russian Religious Thought in the Work of Gustav Shpet" Part Three: Phenomenology Thomas Nemeth, "Shpet's Departure from Husserl" George L. Kline, "Shpet as Translator of Hegel's Phänomenologie des Geistes" Ulrich Schmid, "The Objective Sense of History: Shpet's Synthesis of Hegel, Cieszkowski, Herzen, and Husserl" Alexander Haardt, "Shpet's Aesthetic Fragments and Sartre's Theory of Literature—a 'Dialectical Interpretation'” Part Four: Semiotics and Philosophy of Language Thomas Seifrid, "Sign and/vs. Essence in Shpet" Craig Brandist, "Problems of Sense, Significance, and Validity in the Work of Shpet and the Bakhtin Circle" Dušan Radunović, "Semiotics in Voloshinov and Shpet" Part Five: Translations George L. Kline, "Introduction to Excerpts from Shpet's 'Germenevtika i ee roblemy' ('Hermeneutics and Its Problems')" Gustav Shpet, Excerpts from "Hermeneutics and Its Problems” Dušan Radunović and Galin Tihanov, Introduction to Shpet's “O granitsakh nauchnogo literaturovedeniia” (“On the Limits of Scientific Literary Scholarship”) Gustav Shpet, “On the Limits of Scientific Literary Scholarship” Part Six: Bibliographies Galin Tihanov, Bibliography of Gustav Shpet's Published Works (1901-2009) Galin Tihanov, Literature on Gustav Shpet (1915-2009) Contributors Index About the editor Galin Tihanov is Professor of Comparative Literature and Intellectual History and founding Co-Director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Russian, German, and Central-European intellectual history, cultural theory, and literature.

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