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Author: Vetushinskiy Alexander

Vetushinskiy Alexander

Postgraduate student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Address: 27–4 Lomonosovsky prospekt, GSP‑1, 119991 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: a.vetushinskiy@gmail.com.

Publications

Not of This Earth: UFO Studies / Logos. 2019. № 5 (132). P. 229-254
annotation:  In contemporary speculative philosophy there is a tendency to theorize about the alien. Among these theories are the xenophenomenology of Dylan Trigg, the alien phenomenology of Ian Bogost, and the weird realism of Graham Harman. All of them assert that the alien is all around us and that we will see it if only we look. Nevertheless, they are all inexplicably ready to ignore the actual encounter with the unknown and the truly alien during the scientific investigation of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) undertaken by the United States Air Force in 1947. The article maintains that the UFO investigations are an indispensable resource without which no theories of the alien and the weird can in principle be developed. Only a thorough analysis of the scientific sources describing the encounter with UFOs will enable us apprehend the alien in itself without reducing it to the alien for us. To demonstrate this point, the author first examines the discourses about UFOs that have dominated mass culture from the 1940s through the 2000s when those discourses were finally marginalized. He identifies seven main types of discourse that gradually supersede each other: 1) encounter with the unknown, 2) guests from other planets, 3) mythological explanation of flying saucers, 4) paleocontact, 5) spiritual dimensions of the contact, 6) alien conspiracy, 7) abductions. He then considers what topics occupied researchers during the period in question and how that may be applied in contemporary theories of the alien (through analysis of the methodology of UFO investigations and the classification of types of contacts). Finally he describes in detail the image of the alien popularized by mass culture (at the juncture between contemporary myths about abductions and UFO crashes and their representations in mass culture).
Keywords:  unidentified flying objects (UFO); ufology; extraterrestrial; alien; xenophenomenology; horror.
“The Unity of the World from a Post-Non-Classical Perspective” / Logos. 2018. № 6 (127). P. 209-223
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To Play Game Studies Press the START Button / Logos. 2015. № 1 (103). P. 41-60
annotation:  The article is dedicated to the origin and history of Game Studies. It starts with an analysis of the ludology/narratology debates. The author claims that these debates are one of the two myths underlying Game Studies. The second myth states that only Game Studies can investigate video games without reduction. The author demonstrates that even the ludological approach is a reductionist one. The author then demonstrates an important shift in Game Studies to a non-reductionist approach. From now on Game Studies are a post-discipline rather than a discipline. Video games have been studied by researchers from media studies, visual studies, cultural studies, etc. Regardless of institutional affiliation, the results of these investigations create an integral part of Game Studies and are easily assigned by it. It is because Game Studies is not about methods, but about an object. It is dealing with the intention to study video games in all their diversity, taking into account different research perspectives. The author discusses the role that game developers and game designers play in Game Studies. He claims that not just practice can produce or change theory, but the theory needs to be practical as well. Then the author proceeds to a current situation in the field and analyzes the most promising areas of contemporary research, e. g. procedural rhetoric and video games criticism.
Keywords:  Game Studies; narratology; ludology; non-reductionist approach; procedural rhetoric; notgames; video games criticism

Vetushinskiy Alexander

Junior research fellow, Department of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge, Faculty of Philosophy, a.vetushinskiy@gmail.com. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), 27 Lomonosovsky Ave., Bldg 4, 119991 Moscow, Russia.

Publications

Not of This Earth: UFO Studies / Logos. 2019. № 5 (132). P. 229-254
annotation:  In contemporary speculative philosophy there is a tendency to theorize about the alien. Among these theories are the xenophenomenology of Dylan Trigg, the alien phenomenology of Ian Bogost, and the weird realism of Graham Harman. All of them assert that the alien is all around us and that we will see it if only we look. Nevertheless, they are all inexplicably ready to ignore the actual encounter with the unknown and the truly alien during the scientific investigation of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) undertaken by the United States Air Force in 1947. The article maintains that the UFO investigations are an indispensable resource without which no theories of the alien and the weird can in principle be developed. Only a thorough analysis of the scientific sources describing the encounter with UFOs will enable us apprehend the alien in itself without reducing it to the alien for us. To demonstrate this point, the author first examines the discourses about UFOs that have dominated mass culture from the 1940s through the 2000s when those discourses were finally marginalized. He identifies seven main types of discourse that gradually supersede each other: 1) encounter with the unknown, 2) guests from other planets, 3) mythological explanation of flying saucers, 4) paleocontact, 5) spiritual dimensions of the contact, 6) alien conspiracy, 7) abductions. He then considers what topics occupied researchers during the period in question and how that may be applied in contemporary theories of the alien (through analysis of the methodology of UFO investigations and the classification of types of contacts). Finally he describes in detail the image of the alien popularized by mass culture (at the juncture between contemporary myths about abductions and UFO crashes and their representations in mass culture).
Keywords:  unidentified flying objects (UFO); ufology; extraterrestrial; alien; xenophenomenology; horror.
“The Unity of the World from a Post-Non-Classical Perspective” / Logos. 2018. № 6 (127). P. 209-223
annotation: 
Keywords: 
To Play Game Studies Press the START Button / Logos. 2015. № 1 (103). P. 41-60
annotation:  The article is dedicated to the origin and history of Game Studies. It starts with an analysis of the ludology/narratology debates. The author claims that these debates are one of the two myths underlying Game Studies. The second myth states that only Game Studies can investigate video games without reduction. The author demonstrates that even the ludological approach is a reductionist one. The author then demonstrates an important shift in Game Studies to a non-reductionist approach. From now on Game Studies are a post-discipline rather than a discipline. Video games have been studied by researchers from media studies, visual studies, cultural studies, etc. Regardless of institutional affiliation, the results of these investigations create an integral part of Game Studies and are easily assigned by it. It is because Game Studies is not about methods, but about an object. It is dealing with the intention to study video games in all their diversity, taking into account different research perspectives. The author discusses the role that game developers and game designers play in Game Studies. He claims that not just practice can produce or change theory, but the theory needs to be practical as well. Then the author proceeds to a current situation in the field and analyzes the most promising areas of contemporary research, e. g. procedural rhetoric and video games criticism.
Keywords:  Game Studies; narratology; ludology; non-reductionist approach; procedural rhetoric; notgames; video games criticism
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