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Author: Segal Alexander

Segal Alexander

Researcher, Department of Philosophy of Language and Communication, Faculty of Philosophy, segal.alexander@gmail.com. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Address: 27 Lomonosovsky ave., Bldg 4, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow, Russia.

Publications

The Golden Age and the Iron Guard: In Memory of the 30th Anniversary of the Death of Mircea Eliade / Logos. 2017. № 4 (119). P. 179-192
annotation:  This text is dedicated to the 30th publication anniversary of the first Russian translation of the famous Romanian-American writer and scholar of myth, religions, and primitive (archaic) consciousness, Mircea Eliade. Although Eliade is considered to almost be the founder of systems research in these areas, this is not quite true. In order to disprove that assertion one only has to compare his texts to earlier works of scholars such as George Frazer, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Vladimir Propp. If we were to trace the history of this scholar, many of his theoretical paradigms would appear in a new and unfamiliar light to readers of popular non-fiction literature. The author, having touched upon the history of the formation of Eliade as a researcher and as an ideologue, draws parallels between Eliade’s public and scientific views, showing their relationship and how the latter is determined by the former. The carefully planned and executed repositioning and the subsequent infiltration of the victor’s camp did not bring Eliade any peace: having become famous, he continually monitored public information for the rest of his life, singling out certain facts of his life whilst carefully hiding others. In fact, his philosophical and historical conception of the “fear of history” is a generalization of his personal attitude, and the “real savage” running to “pleromatic time” is his reflexive self-portrait. Furthermore, the author shows that nowadays the archaic, of which Eliade was a zealous disciple, perfectly fits into the conception of ordinary consciousness, and ideally matches the theoretical toolset of the so-called “wiki-knowledge” — the technology of real-time content generation by random authors.
Keywords:  the Golden Age; future; primitive consciousness; wiki-knowledge; ordinary consciousness; history; fascism

Segal Alexander

Researcher, Department of Philosophy of Language and Communication, Faculty of Philosophy, segal.alexander@gmail.com. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Address: 27 Lomonosovsky ave., Bldg 4, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow, Russia.

Publications

The Golden Age and the Iron Guard: In Memory of the 30th Anniversary of the Death of Mircea Eliade / Logos. 2017. № 4 (119). P. 179-192
annotation:  This text is dedicated to the 30th publication anniversary of the first Russian translation of the famous Romanian-American writer and scholar of myth, religions, and primitive (archaic) consciousness, Mircea Eliade. Although Eliade is considered to almost be the founder of systems research in these areas, this is not quite true. In order to disprove that assertion one only has to compare his texts to earlier works of scholars such as George Frazer, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Vladimir Propp. If we were to trace the history of this scholar, many of his theoretical paradigms would appear in a new and unfamiliar light to readers of popular non-fiction literature. The author, having touched upon the history of the formation of Eliade as a researcher and as an ideologue, draws parallels between Eliade’s public and scientific views, showing their relationship and how the latter is determined by the former. The carefully planned and executed repositioning and the subsequent infiltration of the victor’s camp did not bring Eliade any peace: having become famous, he continually monitored public information for the rest of his life, singling out certain facts of his life whilst carefully hiding others. In fact, his philosophical and historical conception of the “fear of history” is a generalization of his personal attitude, and the “real savage” running to “pleromatic time” is his reflexive self-portrait. Furthermore, the author shows that nowadays the archaic, of which Eliade was a zealous disciple, perfectly fits into the conception of ordinary consciousness, and ideally matches the theoretical toolset of the so-called “wiki-knowledge” — the technology of real-time content generation by random authors.
Keywords:  the Golden Age; future; primitive consciousness; wiki-knowledge; ordinary consciousness; history; fascism
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