TRADING ZONES IN PHILOSOPHY: THE RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE

Shibarshina, S. V.; Shnyreva, O. E.; Feygelman, A. M.
Abstract:
The purpose of the research is to investigate the practices of philosophical communities in Russia within the concept of trading zones and the problem of public philosophy. Our main theoretical framework is the notion of the trading zone, originally developed by Peter Galison to explain intra-scientific collaboration through the coordination of action and belief. In this study, we interpret the concept of trading zones in terms of communications between philosophers and non-philosophers. In so doing, we introduce the metaphor of a “bridge of interpretations.” The methods used in the paper include a comparative analysis and discourse analysis. We also employ case studies to explore the practices of Russian philosophical communities (on the example of Nizhni Novgorod, the fifth largest city in Russia), including informal interviews with philosophers and non-philosophers. The important role of philosophers as public intellectuals is well known and documented; however, the problem of interactions between philosophers and non-philosophers remains acutely relevant. Results revealed the existence of several trading zones between professional philosophers and non-professionals, acting as both informal live events (public lectures, pop-philosophy events, etc.) and Internet communications (mostly personal websites and blogs). Additionally, it turned out that lay audiences demonstrate a clear interest in contemporary studies on the philosophy of film, philosophy of technology, philosophy of media and popular culture. It is hypothesized that a “bridge of interpretations” may serve as an alternative to a common language in the situation of differing worldviews. We believe that, in general, the investigation of trading zones between professional philosophers and lay audiences in the context of the outwardness of philosophy toward the social space implies a new approach to the analysis of trading zones and is needed to be further developed.
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Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
trading zone; public philosophy; philosophical discourse; interpretation; lay audience.
Volume:
17
SGEM Book title:
References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-94-0 / ISSN 2367-5659, March 28-31, Book2, Vol.1, 411-418 pp, DOI:10.5593/SGE
Book number:
2.1
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
411-418
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017
ISBN:
978-619-7105-94-0
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-94-0 / ISSN 2367-5659, March 28-31, Book2, Vol.1, 411-418 pp, DOI:10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2017/HB21/S06.051, 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017
DOI:
10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2017/HB21/S06.051
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