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A. Kara-Murza. The Italian journey of Peter Chaadayev (1824–1825). Moscow, 2019. 112 p.

The monograph of the famous philosopher and historian explores the circumstances of the stay of the Russian thinker Pyotr Yakovlevich Chaadayev (1794–1856), whose 225th anniversary was celebrated in 2019, in Italy in December 1824 - August 1825. Going abroad in the summer of 1823, the retired guard, Mr. Chaadayev initially did not plan to visit the Italian states at all, confining himself to Germany, England, France and, possibly, Switzerland. However, during the voyage, it was Italy (the Sardinian Kingdom, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Papal State and the Lombard-Venetian Kingdom, which was part of the Austrian Empire) that became the most important stage in its European journey.

According to the author, it was in Florence and Rome that Chaadayev formed the main points of his original historiosophical concept, which were then stated in the “Philosophical Letters” in the second half of the 1820s. A separate plot of the book is an analysis of the circumstances of Chaadayev’s return to Russia in 1826, at the height of the investigation in the case of the participants in the “Decembrist conspiracy”.




A. Kara-Murza. Famous Russians about Venice. Moscow, 2019. 576 c.

They say about Venice that this city has no present and consists of memories. The book of Doctor of Philosophy and author of monographs on the history of Russian social thought Alexei Kara-Murza is devoted to impressions and memories of the city, which Thomas Mann called the “suspicious beauty”, and Anna Akhmatova “the golden dovecote”. In his new study, unique materials were collected on the stay in Venice of famous writers, artists and public figures: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Blok, Boris Pasternak, Sergey Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky. Russian cultural figures place unexpected accents in understanding the sinking beauty of Venice, combining poetry and sounds, architecture and painting. The heroes of each essay show the city from completely different angles and make us look into the soul of the city reflected in the water.



M. Loktionov. Alexander Bogdanov between Marxism and positivism. Moscow. IPhRAS, 2018. 135 p.

The monograph is devoted to the study of empirical and Marxist aspects in the work of the outstanding Russian philosopher, public figure and revolutionary Alexander AlexandrovichBogdanov. The paper investigates his ideas of historical development of society, based on a positivist approach to the idea of historical materialism and Marxism in General, embodied in his concept of empiricism, and, in the future, the General organizational science – tectology. Special attention in the monograph is paid to its philosophical and journalistic polemics with a number of Russian Marxists and, specifically, Lenin. The book is intended for philosophers, political scientists, sociologists and all those interested in the history of Russian social thought.





S. Chizhkov. The Metaphysics of Freedom and the Idea of a State in the Philosophy of Boris Chicherin. Moscow. IPhRAS, 2017.

The monograph is devoted to the study of The Metaphysics of Freedom of Boris N. Chicherin (1828-1904), Russia’s outstanding philosopher, historian, and legal theorist. The book analyses the development of the idea of freedom, and its formation on the basis of Chicherin’s ethical and legal theory. Particular attention in the monograph is paid to the analysis of his concept of human alliances, including an analysis of the idea of State as people’s Supreme Union. With his concept of “human unions” Chicherin in his legal doctrine sought to complement the personalistic doctrine of freedom by the concept of “objective morality” embodied by his “human unions”.









Nikolai Karamzin and the historical destiny of Russia. To the 250th anniversary of the birth / Common. ed. and comp. A. A. Kara-Murza, V. L. Sharova, A. F. Yakovleva. Moscow, 2016. 

In 2016 Russia celebrates the 250th birthday of the outstanding Russian historian, social and political thinker N.M.Karamzin (1766-1826) — a key figure of Russian philosophy of history. In the given collection of articles, the authors conceptualize the basic historiosophical concept of N.M. Karamzin about the fact that Russia is a deeply distinctive part of European civilization. This is the second book in the series "Philosophy and the historical destiny of Russia", which was opened in 2013 with the book devoted to the 200th anniversary of A. I. Herzen. It is designed to philosophers, historians, literary scholars, and anyone interested in the legacy of N. M. Karamzin and overall philosophy of Russian history.






A. Kara-Murza. The Swiss wandering of Nikolai Karamzin (1789–1790). Moscow, 2016.

In the monograph of the famous philosopher and historian, a version is put forward, according to which "the European journey" of a young Nikolai Karamzin committed in 1789-1790, and described in "Letters of a Russian traveler", was taken not by his own will. Karamzin was sent from Moscow by his friends, who sought to avoid conflict between the "Novikov circle" and the authorities who prepared the defeat of the Moscow masons. This explains the duration of the trip (fourteen months) and the absence of letters to the family and friends, remaining in Moscow. Special attention is paid to Karamzin’s stay in Switzerland, first in Geneva, in which Karamzin was delayed for as long as five months. According to the author, in Geneva, the Russian fugitive suffered severe mental illness, which explains the extreme scarcity "of the Geneva fragments" in "Letters of a Russian traveler".






A. Kara-Murza, M. Talalay, O. Zukova. The charm of beauty: the Amalfi in Russian culture. Moscow, 2016. 

In the collective monograph some evidence on the relationship between Russian culture and the Amalfi coast collected rare. A unique area of the Italian South attracted domestic travelers, pilgrims, writers, and painters (V. Zhukovsky, P. Vyazemsky, S. Shchedrin, I. Bunin, V. Nabokov etc.) for centuries, and in the twentieth century it gave shelter to many immigrants, including writers M. Semenov and Essad-Bei, artists V. Nechitailov and I. Zagoruyko, ballet dancers Leonid Myassin and R. Nureyev.








A.А.Kara-Murza. Famous Russians about Florence. Moscow, 2016. 

If Rome is the eternal city, and Venice is a city very artificial, then Florence is a city of nature. In the guise of Florence the harmony of a gorgeous wood is felt, and the stones of Florence seem lighter than stones, of which other cities are composed. One involuntarily doubts, that Florence was created by a human, not a divine hand. This area of the Tuscan land is full of incredible colors and emotions. Here lived, thought, worked, consumed and burned thousands of souls, creating together that incredible atmosphere, because of which here came great writers, musicians and philosophers.






A.А.Kara-Murza. Famous Russians about Naples. Moscow, 2016. 

The residents of Naples love the myth about the origin of the city: "When God was handing out land, the Neapolitans were late and they got nothing. Then the Lord gave them a piece of Paradise". One believes in the divine origin of Naples and its environs when sees a Neapolitan thunderstorms, and doubts, when learns roguish and reckless Neapolitans. One believes, when the local fishermen easily catch sharks, and again doubts, when gets unbearable headache from the sharp smell of shells, lemon peels and wines. For foreign travelers lush and beautiful Naples had long been a spicy addition to the journey, not the goal. Only since the nineteenth century here, in places of “dolce farniente” ("sweet doing nothing"), reached out artists, writers, philosophers and historians. In the book of Alexei Kara-Murza unique materials are collected about the stay in Naples, Sorrento, Castellammare, Capri island of famous figures of Russian culture and art of XIX-XX centuries.






Aleksej A. Kara-Murza, Michail G. Talalay, Olga A. Zukova. I Russi ad Amalfi. Suuggestioni mediterranee e storie di vita. Centro di Cultura e Storia Amalfitana. Italy. 2015

Gia a partire dalla fortunata stagione espositiva ed editoriale del Centro, incentrata sulla scoperta del luminoso Sud da parte dei viaggiatori del Grand Tour, era emerso il progetto intrigante di ridisegnare la storia deWimmaginario europeo Costa d'Amalfi, permeata di arte e suggestioni mediterranee e fonte di coinvolgenti sensazioni estetiche che quasi sempre accompagnano la riscoperta interiore e favoriscono stimoli creativi. Restava da estendere la ricerca ai viag­giatori russi. II fil rouge che unisce le loro descrizioni entusiastiche ё la diversa per-cezione della peculiarity dell'ambiente, suffragata da valutazioni comparative di usi e costumi, ma anche da espressioni di delusione per le poche tracce al presente dell'antico splendore, subito mitigate dalla fantastica meraviglia dei luoghi aspri ma ameni della Costa. Questo libro vede la piccola Co­sta d'Amalfi nascere alia grande nell'immaginario e nella percezio-ne del popolo della sterminata e affascinante Russia, sopravvivere, nonostante le tragiche turbolenze del Novecento, nel baluardo dell'enclave positanese degli esuli dai totalitarismi in rifugio precario, rinvigorirsi per conquistare, in am-bito globale, spazi privilegiati nella letteratura e nell'arte, protenden-dosi verso promettenti orizzonti di aggregazione e crescita culturali e sociali.





V. Malakhov. Integration of migrants: concepts and practice. Moscow. 2015. ISBN: 978-5-244-01174-6 
The monograph represents the first in Russian literature, the experience of the systematic analysis of problems of integration of migrants. The author addresses this issue in a variety of its dimensions - conceptual, political, regulatory, cultural and administrative. Hence, a wide range of issues discussed in the book. What are the main trends in the understanding of the problem of integration of newcomers in contemporary social science? How this theme is drilled public politicians and the captains of the media industry in the industrialized countries? What is the strategy and tactics of managers of the Western European States in relation to the social inclusion of migrants and their descendants? How are value and cultural conflicts that arise in the course of interaction with locals and visitors? What is the Russian specificity in this context? And finally, how the European experience of integration policy can be applied in Russia?




A. Kara-Murza. Intellectual portraits. Essays about Russian political thinkers of the XIX-XX centuries (No.3.) Moscow, IPhRAS, 2014.
This book consists of biographies of the leading figures of Russian culture and politics - Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Stankevich Timothy Granovsky, Andrew Krajewski, Ivan Aksakov, Ivan Turgenev, Michael Stasyulevich, Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Peter Struve, Fyodor Stepun. The author continues to build a genealogy of liberal-conservative and cultural tradition in Russian social thought.






A. Kara-Murza. Famous Russians about Rome. Moscow, 2014.
"People fall in love with Rome very slowly, little by little, but certainly for a lifetime"- Nikolai Gogol. Many Russians feel attraction to the capital of Italy like: writers, poets, artists, historians and politicians. This people associate the Eternal City as their second home. Alexei Kara-Murza has an opinion that Italian culture attracts Russians more than other European cultures. In this book, Alexei Kara-Murza collected memories and interesting facts about staying in Rome different famous Russian people, like: Orest Kiprensky, Zenaida Volkonskaya, Karl Briullov, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Boris Zaitsev, Pavel Muratov, and Nicholas Stankevich, Ivan Aksakov, Paul Miliukov and Vladimir Vysotsky. This book is akin to the guidebook, which included the most interesting people of XIX-XX centuries.




Philosophy: Theory and Practice / Russian Academy  of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy; Ed. V.Sharova, E. Trufanova, A Yakovleva. Мoscow, 2013. 

This book is a collection of papers presented at the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy (4–10 August, 2013, Athens, Greece) by research fellows and affiliated students and postgraduates of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science. The papers represent a broad variety of philosophical subjects lying within such disciplines as philosophy, philosophy of science, ethics, social and political philosophy, logic etc.






A. Kara-Murza. Famous Russians in Amalfi. Moscow, 2012.                  

In the book of the known historian of Russian public thought, Doctor of Philosophy Alexey Kara-Murza unique materials about stay on the Amalfitansky coast of Italy of known figures of Russian culture of the XVII-XX centuries – Boris Sheremetev, Peter Tolstoy, Silvestre Schedrin, Vasily Zhukovsky, Peter Vyazemskogo, Feodor Buslaev, Ivan Ayvazovsky, AndreyMuravyev, Vladimir Yakovlev, Ivan Aksakov, Boris Tchitcherin, Pavel Muratov, Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Nabokov are collected.







M. Loktionov. Development strategy of government in Russia: history and modernity. Moscow, 2012.

The monograph is devoted to consideration of a hot topic – a choice of optimum development strategy of public administration system in the Russian Federation. Ways of an assessment of efficiency of the state management are offered. Interesting documentary, theoretical and methodological materials which form a basis for a reconstruction of the main marks of a difficult way of social development and the state construction of Russia are collected.