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Ilya Kasavin



Name  Ilia (Ilya)

Patronymic  Teodorovitsch

Surname    Kassavine (Kasavin)

Date of birth  November, 7, 1954

Place of birth    Moscow, Russia

Family status    married, four children

Nationality (citizenship)    Russian


Office: Moscow 119992, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Volkhonka 14, room 203. 


School education: English high school in Moscow (1962-1972).

Soviet Army service (1992-1994).

Foreign languages: English, German



Research interests

Epistemology, philosophy and history of science, cognitive sciences, study of religion, history and theory of culture, philosophical anthropology




General epistemology; social epistemology; philosophy of science; science and religion; interdisciplinary methods in epistemology


Professional education

Philosophical faculty of the Moscow State University (1975-1980); M.A. (1980): Philosophical systems of Berkley and Fichte: A Comparative Study. Postgraduate studies at the department for the history of philosophy (1980-1983). Ph.D. (1983): Title of the dissertation: "Foundation of Paul Feyerabends philosophy of science" (published as "Epistemology captures by anarchy" (1987). Doctor of Philosophy habilitus (1990): the Title of dissertation: "Tradition as sociocul­tural form of knowledge" (published as "Knowledge in the world of traditions"(1990)


Professional activity
  • Research and teaching at the Institute of Philoso­phy, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Department of episte­mology (since 1983).
  • Research fellow (1983-1987).
  • Senior research fellow (1987-1990).
  • Leading research fellow (1991-1998).
  • Research director (1998-2003).
  • Head of research group (1989-1992, 2003-2005).
  • Lecturer at the Moscow University, Department for the philosophy of science (1989-1992);
  • General Secretary of the Centre for the Study of German Philosophy in Moscow (1993-2001).
  • Associate Professor at the Russian Centre of Education in the Social Sciences and Humanities (1997-1999).
  • Professor at the Philosophical Faculty of the State University for Humanities (since 1998).
  • Professor at the University of the Russian Academy of Education (1999-2002).
  • Head of the Department for Epistemology and History of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Education (2001-2002).
  • Founder and Editor in Chief of the “Epistemology & Philosophy of Science”, journal of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (since 2003).
  • Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (elections 2003).
  • Founder and Head of the Department of Social Epistemology, Institute of Philosophy RAS (since 2005).
  • Ordinary Professor (2009).
  • Founder and Head of the Research-Educational Centre “Social Knowledge, Ontologies, Technologies”, Institute of Philosophy RAS & State Academic University of Humanities (since 2010).
Scientific expertise service
  • President of the Russian Society of History & Philosophy of Science (since 2016);
  • Main Editor of Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, RAS Journal (since 2004);
  • Main Editor of The Digital Scholar (since 2016);


  • Member of Editorial Board of Social Epistemology. A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy (UK);
  • Member of Scientific Council of the Institute of Philosophy, RAS;
  • Member of Qualification Council in epistemology, ontology, philosophy of sciences and logic of the Institute of Philosophy, RAS;
  • Member of Qualification Council in epistemology, ontology, philosophy of sciences and logic of the Contemporary Academy for Humanities, Moscow;
  • Member of Editorial Board of Social Epistemology (USA)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Gerald of Tver University (philosophy)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Philosophical Journal of the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Member of Editorial Board of Knowledge Futures: Interdisciplinary Journal of Futures Studies (Pakistan);

Activity abroad

Lecturer at the Universities of Delhi and Bombay (India, 1986);

Papers and lectures at the Universities of: Sofia, Berlin, Bremen, Budapest, Edinburgh, Greifswald, Trier, Frankfurt a. Main, Bonn, Gunsan, Kiel, London, Oxford, Prague, Seoul, Trier, Warschaw, Barcelona etc. (1982-2010).

Kasavin, Ilya. Underdetermination of Knowledge by Context: A Challenge for Social Epistemology // Abstracts of the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, Section of Theories of Knowledge and Epistemology. Athens, 2013. С. 328.

Kasavin, Ilya. Why Metaphysical Realism? On the Margins of the Recent Realism – Anti-realism Debate. University of Valencia, Spain. 08.01.2014.


Big events papers
  • World Congress of Philosophy (Brighton, 1988);
  • International School of Philosophy (Sofia, 1988);
  • Summer School for Philosophy and Sociology of Science (Dubrovnik, 1990);
  • International Congress for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science (Uppsala, 1991);
  • World Congress of Philosophy (Moscow, 1993);
  • International Conference “Wissenschaftliche und nictwissenschaftliche Denkformen” (Eichstaett, 1996);
  • International Conference “Philosophy and Society in 21st Century” (Howon, 2004);
  • International Symposium “Knowledge & Society” (Moscow, 2005);
  • International Symposium “Knowledge and Belief: Different Cultural Approaches” (Moscow, 2006);
  • International Workshop II “Global Perspectives on Science & Spirituality” (Paris, 2006);
  • International Conference “Global Perspectives on Science & Spirituality” (Paris, 2008);
  • World Congress of Philosophy (Seoul, 2008);
  • International Wittgenstein Symposium (Kirchberg am Wechsel, 2009);
  • World Day of Philosophy (Moscow, 2009);
  • International Conference “David Hume and Modern Philosophy” (Moscow, 2011)
Fellowships, awards and honours
  • Research work in Oxford and Edinburgh (1991, 1993);
  • Research work in Kiel and Eichstaett (1992-1996);
  • Co-manager of the joint research project of the Volkswagen Foundation (Kiel-Moscow, 1994-1998).
  • Scientific award of the Russian Academy of Sciences for young scholars (1987);
  • The George Soros Foundation „Open Society“ fellowship (Moscow-Oxford, 1989-1990);
  • Visiting Senior Member of Linacre (Oxford, 1991, 1993);
  • Research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Kiel, 1992-1994; 2001; 2003; Leipzig, 2005);
  • Research fellowship of the Krupp Foundation (Eichstaett 1994-1996);
  • Research grant of the Volkswagen Foundation (1994-1998);
  • Research fellowship and publishing grant of the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research (1997-1999, 2000, 2003-2005);
  • Research fellowships and publishing grants of the Russian State Social Sciences Foundation (1997, 1998-1999, 2000-2002, 2002-2005);
  • Grant of the George Soros Foundation „Open Society“ (director, Moscow 2001-2002).
  • Member of Scientific Council of the Institute of Philosophy, RAS;
  • Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (election 2003). 
  • Director of the GPSS Project (2005-2006); Member of Qualification Council in epistemology, ontology, philosophy of sciences and logic of the Institute of Philosophy , RAS; Member of Scientific Council for Methodology of Artificial Intellect Studies, RAS.
  • Grant of the John Templeton Foundation in Science & Spirituality: 2006, 2007-2009, Director and Principal Investigator.
  • Plechanov's award of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2013).

Over 400, among them 13 monographs and 2 brochures, editor and co-author of 50 and more collective volumes.



  • Kasavin I. Epistemology captured by anarchy. Moscow . 1987. 204 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Soculer S. Rationality in knowledge and practice. Moscow . 1989. 197 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. Knowledge in the world of traditions. Moscow , 1990. 206 P. (Rus.)
  • Kassavine I. Ansaetze zu der sozialen Erkenntnistheorie. Bremen. 1997. 92 P. (German)
  • Kasavin I. Migration. Creativity. Text. Problems of the non-classical theory of knowledge. Sankt-Peterburg, 1999. 407 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. Traditions and interpretations. Essays in the historical epistemology. Sankt-Peterburg, 2000. 316 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. Social theory of knowledge. A reader for the university students. Moscow 2001. 175 P. (Rus.)
  • Kassavine I.  Soziale Erkenntnistheorie. Migrationsmetaphern, Wissenstypen, Textepochen. Nichtklassische Ansaetze. Olms Verlag, Hildesheim 2003. 291 S. (German)
  • Kasavin I., Schavelev S. Analysis of Alltaeglichkeit. Moscow, 2004.  431 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. Text, Discourse, Context. An introduction to the social epistemology of language. Moscow, 2008. 554 P. (Rus.)
  • David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy. Ed. by Ilya Kasavin. Moscow, 2011. (Rus.)
  • David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy. Ed. by Ilya Kasavin. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2012. (Eng).
  • Kasavin I. Social Epistemology: Basic and Applied Problems. Moscow, 2013. 560 p. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. Social Philosophy of Science and Collective Epistemology. Moscow, 2016, (Rus.)
  • The Victorian Philosophy of Science: William Whewell (Reflections on the Book), Voprosy Filosofii, 3, 2017, pp.67-73, RGNF/RFFI
  • Trading Zones as a Subject-Matter of Social Philosophy of Science, Philosophy & Epistemology of Science, 1, 2017
  • Towards a Social Philosophy of Science: Russian Prospects, Social Epistemology, 1, 2017, RNF
  • Social Technologies: Between Science and Practice // Russian Studies in Philosophy, 2017, pp.1-9
  • The Formation of Social Technologies: Stages and Examples // Russian Studies in Philosophy, 2017, pp. 10-25, RNF
  • of Science: Interdisciplitarity and Mediation // Vestnik RAN, 2017, 11, pp. 1017-1025
  • Teodor I. Oizerman: His Scholarship and Stages of His Inellectual Evolution // Russian Studies in Philosophy, Volume 55, 2017 - Issue 2: Contemporary Russian Philosophers, Teodor I Oizerman, 2017, pp.89-97, RNF
  • Communications in Science: Epistemological, Socio-Cultural and Infrastructural Aspects. Material of the Round Table. Voprosy Vilosofii, 2017, pp.23-57
  • Information Technologies as a Subject-matter of Social Philosophy of Science // Philosophy and Technology of Science in Russia: challenges of Information Technologies. Ed. Yastreb, 2017, pp.109-111
  • About Epistemic Nature of Norms // Human World: normative dimension. Cognition of Normativity and Normativity of Cognition. International Conference (Saratov, June 12-14, 2017), pp.22-27,
  • Norms in Cognition and Cognition of Norms //Philosophy & Epistemology of Science, 2017, 4, pp.6-19.
  • The Splendor and Misery of Linguisic Universals // Philosophy & Epistemology of Science, 2017, 4, pp. 57-61
  • Migration: a Model of Developement in the Age of Changes // "Revolution and Evolution: Models of Developement in Science, Culture and Society, Nizhny Novgorod, 2017,
  • Answers to Questionary, Voprosy Filosofii, 2017, pp. 28-38,
  • Should New Institutions and Subjects be created. A talk with philosopher I. Kasavin// Chelovek.Ru Novosibirsk, 2017, 12, pp.245-254

List of selected papers:

  • George Berkeley as a critic of science and methodology // International Congress for logic, methodology and philosophy of science. Moscow, 1987.
  • On the subject matter of the social theory of knowledge // 9thInternational Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of science, Uppsala, 1991.
  • In the former Soviet Union. Studies in social epistemology // Social Epistemology, 1993, N 2.
  • Zur deskriptiven Auffassung der Wahrheit // Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 1994, Nr.3.
  • Oxford-1990: a case-study of the British philosophers // Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie, 1995, Nr.3.
  • Berkeley revised: A new metaphysics for the social epistemology // Epistemologia, 1996, N 3.
  • Zum Begriff  "Grenzerfahrung" // Wissenschaftliche und ausserwissenschaftli­che Denkformen, Moskau. 1996.
  • Zur geistigen Situation in Europas Osten. Diskussion mit Ilia Kassavine und Wlodzimierz Borodziej. Frankfurt, 1996. 76 S.
  • Russische Philosophie heute. Bremen, 1999. 25 S.
  • Die Situation der Philosophie in Russland // Information Philosophie, 2002, № 1.
  • Alltäglichkeit: Diesseits ansässiger Erfahrung // The Scientific Community in Russia and European Integration. Symposium der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. М., 2002.
  • How to construct the values of a new civilization // Papers of the International Symposium “Philosophy and Society in the 21st Century”. Seoul-Gunsan, 2004.
  • Epistemology and the Interdisciplinary Idea // Social Sciences, № 2, 2005.
  • Science and Other Forms of Thinking: An Emerging Interdisciplinary Paradigm // Knowledge and Belief: Different Cultural Approaches. Moscow, М., 2006.
  • Value choice and the dialogue of cultures. The special issue “Normative Foundations of a Cultural Dialogue” // International Journal of Communication New Delhi, Bahri Publications) Vol. 18, No.1-2, Dec 2008 .
  • Social Epistemology: Naturalization VS Socialization? Proceeding of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy Seoul, 2008.
  • The Idea of Interdisciplinary Approach in Contemporary Epistemology // Diogenes 222 & 223: 110–124 (in English, French, Arabic and Chinese) Paris 2009;
  • Religion, Science and Lebenswelt: New Interdisciplinary Crossroads // Global Perspective on Science and Spirituality. West Conshohocken 2009;
  • How to make Wittgenstein’s concept of meaning complete? // 32 International Wittgenstein’s Symposium/ /Papers, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Wien, 2010;
  • Das historische Apriori als erkenntnistheoretisches Problem // Das Geheimnis der Wirklichkeit Kurt Huebner zum 90. Geburtstag

Verlag Kalr Alber, Freiburg/Muenchen, 2011 (German).

  • To what extent could social epistemology accept the naturalistic motto? // Social Epistemology (forthcoming) 


Editor and Coauthor

  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Non-scientific knowledge. Moscow, 1987. 120 P.(Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Cognitive tradition. Moscow, 1989. 146 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Erring reason. Studies in the non-scientific forms of cognition. Moscow, 1990. 464 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Lektorsky W. (Eds.) Activity. Theories, methodology, problems. Moscow, 1990. 366 P. (Rus.), also English edition (1992, U.S.A.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Magical crystal. Magic viewed by the scientists and shamans. An Anthology. Moscow, 1992. 526 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I.  (Ed.) By the Time Punished. Philosophical ideas in the contemporary Russian literature. Moscow, 1992, 257 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Lektorsky W. (Eds.) Knowledge in the social context. Moscow , 1994. 176 P. (Rus.)
  • Hübner K., Kasavin I., Porus W. (Hgs.) Scientific and non-scientific forms of thought, 1996, 328 P. (Deutsch)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Knowledge beyond Science. An anthology. Vol. I. Moscow, 1996, 448 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Porus V. (Eds.) Religion. Magic. Myth. Contemporary philosophical studies. Moscow, 1997, 292 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Porus V. (Eds.) Philosophy of Science. Nr.5. The Annual. Moscow, 1999. 282 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Knowledge beyond Science. An anthology. Vol. II. Moscow, 1999, 724 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I., Porus V. (Eds.) Reason and Existence. Moscow, 1999. 401 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Uranus and Crones. Chronotopos of the Human World. Moscow, 2001. 359 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Agent. Cognition. Activity. A jubilee volume for V. Lektorsky. M., 2002. 718 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Human Being. Science. Civilization. A jubilee volume for V. Stepin. M., 2004. 815 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Knowledge and Society. Proceeding of international symposium. M., 2005. 255 P. (Eng.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Science and Religion. A comparative and interdisciplinary approach. M., 2006. 471 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Language, Cognition, Society. Problems of social epistemology. M., 2007. 180 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.  M., 2009. 1247 P. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Social Epistemology/ Ideas, Methods. Programs.  M., 2010. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Truth in Science and Philosophy.  M., 2010. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Existential Experience and Cognitive Praxises.   M., 2010. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Epistemology. An Encyclopedian Vocabulary.  M., 2010. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I.. Kusliy P. (Ed.) Language. Knowledge, Reality.  M., 2011. (Rus.)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 2004-2011, 30 volumes. 
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2012)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Language and Mind. Analytical and socio-epistemological Contexts (Moscow, 2013)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) The Understanding of Crosscultural Communication (Moscow, 2014)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Science and Social Worldview (Moscow, 2014)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) Social Philosophy of Science: Russian Outlook (Moscow, 2016)
  • Kasavin I. (Ed.) The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Founded Upon Their History (Moscow, 2016)


Translations (from English and German into Russian):

  • Whitehead A.N. Philosophical works. Moscow , 1990, 717 P. (Rus., with co-authors)
  • Hübner K. Kritik der wissenschaftlichen Vernunft. Moscow , 1995. 326 P. (Rus.)
  • Hübner K. Die Wahrheit des Mythos. Moscow , 1996. 448 P. (Rus., with co-authors).
  • Sandkühler H.J. Wirklichkeit des Wissens. Geschichtliche Einführung in die Epistemologie und Theorie der Erkenntnis. Moscow , 1996, 432 (Rus., with co-authors).
  • Hübner K. Das Nationale. Moscow, 2001. 399 P. (Rus., Ed.)