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Thursday, April 20, 2017

History, Utopia, and Nothingness: Rethinking Chaadaev

Workshop | April 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

Kirill Chepurin, Senior Lecturer, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Alex Dubilet, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

This workshop rethinks the theoretical resources and presuppositions of Pyotr Chaadaev's Philosophical Letters. Chaadaev condemned Russia as a nation outside time, a singular nothing without history or topos, but what exactly is the immanent logic of this nothingness, this revolutionary life without habit or rule? Can, perhaps, this logic be construed as a method - and if so, what is at stake?