Thoughts, initiated by reading Vladimir Kutyrev’s book “The Owl of Minerva Takes Its Flight Only at Dusk”

Vadim M. Rozin
Insti­tute of Phi­los­o­phy, Russ­ian Acad­e­my of Sci­ences

Thoughts, ini­ti­at­ed by read­ing Vladimir Kutyrev’s book “The Owl of Min­er­va Takes Its Flight Only at Dusk”

Abstract.In this arti­cle the author aims to ana­lyze Vladimir Kutyrev’s lat­est book, refer­ring to his works for the sec­ond time. The first time Vadim Rozin gave a review in the jour­nal “Voprosy Filosofii” (Ques­tions of Phi­los­o­phy) con­cern­ing the oth­er Kutyrev’s book “Being and Noth­ing”. In this case, the author claims that the dis­course in the recent book is dif­fi­cult to label as schol­ar­ly. Sub­stan­ti­at­ing this asser­tion, Rosin ana­lyzes the con­cepts of “being” and “non-exis­tence”, demon­strat­ing that their use can­not be attrib­uted either to the Par­menides’ tra­di­tion or to Mar­tin Heidegger’s tra­di­tion. These and many oth­er Kutyrev’s con­cepts are more like lit­er­ary expres­sions. Rosin also oppos­es Kutyrev’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the role of tech­nol­o­gy in con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, as well as his neg­a­tive eval­u­a­tion of the works by such philoso­phers as Kant, Husserl, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Geor­gy Shchedrovit­sky. Rely­ing on his own schol­ar­ship in sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy, Rosin gives assess­ment to the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of sci­en­tif­ic and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment and out­lines the sce­nario for the emer­gence of a new civ­i­liza­tion and cul­ture, with­in which these con­se­quences are like­ly to be min­i­mized.

Key­words: being, non-being, real­i­ty, tech­nique, cre­ativ­i­ty, sci­ence, phi­los­o­phy, metaphor, cat­a­stro­phe, cul­ture.



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