Fire at INION “Orthodoxy was kept secret for the longest time”
Institute of Scientific Information on Social Science (INIIAN RAS). On January 30, the building of the Institute of Scientific Information in Social Sciences, in which the largest Russian philosopher Vladimir Bibikhin may have been working for a long time, burned. We offer you to read his article.
“The authorities began to search for ideological alternatives to Marxism early. Already in 1973, we knew that military political strategists are planning to throw off Marxism and take Orthodoxy for ideological support of the army. In the same years, we, natural dissidents, were admitted to the money that the authorities allocated for ideological intelligence of alternatives. Why the search for openness was again secret, we must understand from the habit of power, the country and everyone in the country, the old Moscow habit of not liking the veche, busily bypassing the community, provoking any gathering of people to the conflict, and then among the confusion to perform special tasks. ” his working hours almost in order of serfdom belonged to the director. The rich Institute of Scientific Information in Social Sciences (INION) under the Academy of Sciences was able to draw into the same work all the intellectual Moscow already as freelance workers. But, oddly enough, the freer authors of INION, in their overwhelming mass, could not resist the temptation of ideological correctness and informed the authorities mainly about what they thought was pleasant. Few could have guessed that the aspiring elite of power had long been eyeing the impoverished intellectuals. True, she could help them with her limited freedom only by not responding to the jealous initiatives of the middle managers. This middle manager, who gloatingly looked like a suicide bomber at a junior researcher who hid his theological article in the Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate under a pseudonym, wondered why the information sent to him did not work. " rotaprint editions of tolerable printing quality. Some collections consisted of full-length scientific and philosophical articles, such as reviews of French, American, German phenomenology, with a general list of references in 324 positions. Unfortunately, due to the closed nature of the collection, no one could object to the theses of its author-referents that phenomenology is an “esoteric philosophical direction” that attempts to link it with analytical philosophy, that it develops on the basis of religious idealism, speak of its crisis; no one could bother them with the remark that it is embarrassing to call the author of the annihilating Letters on Humanism "a humanitarian scientist" and that sich-sagen-lassen is under no circumstances "forced to speak." The absolute impossibility of extraneous criticism became another reason why our social sciences, especially philosophy, continued to be of mainly ethnographic interest for the West. I am afraid that, behind the secrecy, many felt in a privileged position, protected from the characteristics that free Western reviewers sometimes noted in our open press, like “Kuvakin’s pathetic ignorance” or “Zinoviev’s complete professional incompetence.” "" "Expressing an attitude towards internalism and to externalism, we must not forget the words of V.I. Lenin that the Marxists should be able to assimilate and rework those gains that have been achieved by bourgeois scholars. ” A kind soul, reminiscent of this power, did not know by its simplicity that it was easier to overthrow Lenin himself and go to the operating room without any general cultural guidelines from its simplicity. The imperious strategists, as has already been said, presented the Orthodox patriotic option as a difficult way out of the ideological impasse. Religion, at least since the late 1970s, has been among the prominently funded areas of information. If the drafters of the abstracts confidently formulated to themselves what the superiors practically want from them. The authorities, however, were embarrassed to admit their dreams. The referents were respectively addicted to ideological and theoretical hoverings on Christian soil, avoided difficult practical issues, did not forget to insure themselves with an abundant passing prophecy about the decline of Europe. ”“ Every two letters of such closed scientific information were paid for by an old weighty penny from the cash register of the Institute. The power, of course, received little benefit from all that. But she gradually strengthened herself in her secret plans with a simple volume of literature ordered by her. Let not giving the authorities almost anything, the abstract literature allowed to operate with religion as an object among others. Here, the most abstract interests of researchers and the most practical goals of power converged. The general recognition of the crisis of Christianity was also convenient for the authorities, blessing it to see in religion now simply material for processing. "" The latest INION "closed" collections were devoted to theology. Diligently prepared presentations of almost all the main books of Etienne Gilson in 1987 were published as a numbered edition, and in the following year – as an open one. Only Orthodoxy was kept secret for a long time. Rich scientific collection, which included reports on the works of A. Schmemann, A.V. Kartashev, S. Zenkovsky, N. Zernov, L. Pospelovsky, G.P. Fedotov, Feri von Lilienfelfd, V. Volkova with a lot of important information and a significant bibliography, was, perhaps, the latest edition of INION, which for some reason the authorities decided to classify. Bibikhin's article is completely in his collection “Another beginning”.
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