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Relict radiation of the “Philosophers’ steamboat”

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2021. Vol. 10. No. 5. Pp. 305-316.
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Chumakov A. N.
Lomonosov Moscow State University
GSP-1 Leninskie Gory, 119991 Moscow, Russia


The fall of 2022 marks the 99th anniversary of the “Philosophers’ steamboat”, which has become a symbol and collective concept of the expulsion from Russia of scientists and cultural figures disliked by the Soviet regime. The article is devoted to the analysis of this historical event, which predetermined the further development of philosophical and humanitarian thought in Russia. The author refers to the facts and documents that reveal the essence of the events that took place then and in subsequent years, which led to the establishment of philosophical like-mindedness in the country. It is also shown that the fact that the Marxist identification of philosophy and science has not yet received a proper rethinking has serious consequences for modern Russian philosophy. In this regard, attention is drawn to the fact that the topic of the “philosophers’ steamboat” has not lost its relevance, since in order to correct the situation, understanding the cause-effect relationships and eliminating the true causes of negative phenomena is much more important than an endless struggle with consequences.


  • • Russia
  • • philosophy
  • • exile
  • • waves of emigration
  • • Marxism
  • • science
  • • scientific and philosophical journals


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