Evald Vasilyevitch Ilyenkov (1924 - 1979) en Spinoza  - #spinoza
Vanochtend stuitte ik op een
mooie aanvulling op mijn blog van 23-03-2009 “Evald Vasilyevitch Ilyenkov (1924 -
1979) en Spinoza”: het artikel namelijk van
Bill Bowring (Birkbeck College,
University of London),
WHAT IF ILYENKOV HAD KNOWN MARX’S
TRANSCRIPTION OF SPINOZA?
Het verscheen in een Russisch
tijdschrift in 2014; de auteur bracht het onlangs naar Academia.edu.
Voor Ilyenkov verwijs ik naar dat
blog; hier neem ik Bowring’s inleiding over.
Introduction. My own interest in
Spinoza was sparked by reading, in the early 1980s, one of the later works of
E.V. Ilyenkov (1924-1979), for me the most interesting of the philosophers
working in the USSR. his Dialectical
Logic, especially Essay Two, «Thought as an Attribute of Extension».*
Ilyenkov also made extensive reference to Spinoza** in the first two sections
of Chapter One of the revised version, for translation into German in 1979, of The Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete
in Marx's Capital (Abstract and
Concrete), first published in Russian in 1960, and in English in 1982.***
It is a curious fact, to which I will return, that all llyenkov's references in
Dialectical Logic but one are to
Spinoza's Ethics, with one reference
to On the Improvement of the
while all the references in Abstract and
Concrete are to Spinoza's Improvement. I wonder whether Ilyenkov only had
Volume 1 of the two volume Selected
* E.V. Ilyenkov (1977) Dialectical Logic (Moscow: Progress) -
published in Russian by Politicheskaya Literature in 1974.
** llyenkov's engagement with
Spinoza was through the Collected Works in two very handsome volumes, with a
variety of translations, published in 1957 (Moscow: Politicheskaya Literature),
in a large edition of 30 000. Vol 1 contained: an introduction by V. V.
Sokolov; A Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well-Being (translated by A. I.
Rubin); The Principles of Cartesian Philosophy (translated by V. V. Sokolov);
Appendix on Metaphysical Thought (translated by V. V. Sokolov); On the
Improvement of the Understanding (translated by Ya. M. Vorovskiy); Ethics
(translated by N. A. I vantsov). Volume 2 contained: A Theologico-Political
Treatise (translated by M. Lopaikina); Political Treatise (translated by S. M.
Rogovin and V. V. Chredin); Correspondence (translated by V.K. Brushlinskiy).
*** —E.V. Ilyenkov (1982) The Dialectics of the Abstract and Concrete in
Man's Capital (Moscow: Progress Publishers) revised edition for translation
into German 1979, first published in Russia in 1960.