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Head of the Department – Professor Vladimir K. Shokhin


The Department of Philosophy of Religion is a division of the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, devoted to researches in History of Philosophy of Religion, History of Theology, Religious Studies. The Department provides education in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies at the State University for Humanities.


The Department was found at 1994 based on the Departments of Philosophy of Culture and Philosophical Classics and modernity.




Main Publications:

  • Shokhin V. Why is the Dialogue between Analytic Philosophy and “Postmetaphysicians” so Difficult? (remark) In Philosophy of Religion: Analytic Researches. 2021. 5(1). 173-181.
  • Šaňkara versus Sāňkhya:A Competition for the Vedic Heritage and Logical Rationality. Šaňkara, Brahmasûtrabhāṣya II.2.1–10, Trans. by Vladimir K. Shokhin. In Voprosy Filosofii. 2021. Vol. No. 7. P. 125–144.
  • Shokhin V. Modern Evolutionist Naturalism and Šaňkara’s Arguments Contra Sāňkhya. In Journal of Research in Philosophy and History. 2021. Vol.4. No.4. P. 5-19.
  • Shokhin V. The Narrative of Secularism and the Religion of German Enlightenment. In St. Tikhon’s University Review . Series I: Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2021. Vol. 96. P. 61–76.
  • Shokhin V. Theories of Redemption within Analytic Theology and Some Disregarded Metaphors. In Proceedings of the Department of Theology of the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy. 2021. No. 3 (11). P. 68–96.
  • Shokhin V. Axiology and Agathology. In Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences. 2020. Vol. 13 (8). P.1370–1383.  DOI: 10.17516/1997-1370-0648.
  • Fokin A. The Doctrine of St. Ambrose of Milan on Logos as Creative Wisdom and Power in the Context of Ancient and Patristic Cosmology. In Khristianskoye Chteniye. 2021. No. 4. P. 107–124.
  • Fokin A. Natural Theology in Patristic Thought: Arguments for the Existence of God. In Natural Theology in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition. Eds. D. Bradshaw, R. Swinburne. St. Paul (Minnesota): IOTA Publications. 2021.
  • Fokin A. Metaphysics of the Divine Intellection in Marius Victorinus and its Possible Philosophical Sources. In Philosophy of Religion: Analytic Researches. 2020. 4(2). P. 91–128. DOI: 10.21146/2587-683X-2020-4-2-91-128.
  • Fokin A. Plotinus’ Doctrine on the Intellection and Consciousness of the One and Its Immediate Analogues. In Voprosy Filosofii. 2020. No. 9. P. 178‒189. DOI:
  • Fokin A. Aristotelian Concept of Providence According to the Evidence of ancient and early Christian Authors. In St. Tikhon's University Review. Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2020. Vol. 91. P. 57–74. DOI: 10.15382/sturI202091.57-74.
  • Sudakov A. The Embodied Practical Ideal: Kant's Ethicotheology and Godmanhood. In Kantian Journal. 2021. Vol.40. No. 2. P. 67-94.
  • Jaspers K. Velikie filosofy. Kn. 3: Mysljashhie iz istoka metafiziki/  A.K. Sudakov (transl.). M.: Kanon+, ROOI «Reabilitaciya», 2021. 432 p.
  • Sudakov A. Fichte’s Ethics on Radical Evil. In Voprosy Filosofii. 2021. No. 8. P. 153–164.
  • Sudakov A. Kant and Belief in Miracles. In Proceedings of the Department of Theology of the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy. 2021. No. 2 (10). P. 68–90.
  • Sudakov A. Kant’s Religion and Belief in the Resurrection. In Gumanitarnye vedomosti TGPU im. L. N. Tolstogo. 2021. No.3(39). P. 33-50.
  • Sudakov A. Review: Aronson D.O. Deals of Reason: The Constitution of Kant’s Philosophy of Right. In History of Philosophy Yearbook / Istoriko-filosofskii ezhegodnik. 2021. No. 36. P. 419-429.
  • Sudakov A. "The archetype of humanity acceptable before God". Kant's philosophy of religion and the possibility of a philosophical Christology. In St. Tikhon's University Review. Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2020. Vol. 89. P. 69-87. DOI: 10.15382/sturI202089.69‒87.
  • Sudakov A. About One New Approach to Kant’s Philosophy of Religion. Voprosy Filosofii. 2020. No. 10. P. 170‒180. DOI: 10.21146/0042-8744-2020-10-170-180.
  • Sudakov A. J.G. Fichte’s Metaphysics of Gender as an Ethics of Love. Chelovek 31(5), P.54‒73 DOI: 10.31857/S023620070012389-4.
  • Sudakov A. Ethico-Theology without Postulates: Questioning the Prehistory of Kant’s Philosophical Theology. In RUDN Journal of Philosophy. 24(4). P. 637-656. DOI: 10.22363/2313-2302-2020-24-4-637-656.
  • Karpov K. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Russian Reception of Aquinas. In The Oxford Handbook of the Reception of Aquinas. Ed. by Matthew Levering and Marcus Plested. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2021. P. 329-342.
  • Karpov K. "To Believe is to Think with Assent" and Doxastic Voluntarism. In Proceedings of the Department of Theology of the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy. 2021. No. 2 (10). P. 33–46.
  • Karpov K. Epistemic Virtue of Wisdom and Evidentialism. In Epistemology & Philosophy of Science. 2021. Vol. 58. No. 4. P. 196–208.
  • Karpov K. Religious epistemology of Alexander of Hales and wisdom as a sense of taste. In St. Tikhon's University Review. Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2020. Vol. 90. P. 49‒67. DOI: 10.15382/sturI202090.49-67.
  • Karpov K. Is Wisdom an Epistemic Virtue? In Epistemology & Philosophy of Science. 2020. Vol. 57. No. 2. P. 226‒230. DOI:
  • Samarina T.S. Joachim Wach and the Phenomenological Tradition in the Religious Studies. In Theological Bulletin. 2021. No. 2(42). P. 317-332.
  • Samarina T.S. Religious Problematics in M. Heidegger’s Works and the Phenomenology of Religion: Linkage and Parallels. In Voprosy Filosofii. 2021. No. 9. P.173-183.
  • Samarina T.S. The Religious Studies System of Mircea Eliade: The Phenomenology of Religion or the Politics of Myth? In Theological Bulletin. 2021. No. 1(40). P. 284-299.
  • Samarina T.S. On the Applicability of the Scientific Apparatus of the Phenomenology in the Religious Studies. In Voprosy Filosofii. 2020. No. 5. P. 57‒68. DOI: 10.21146/0042-8744-2020-5-57-68.
  • Samarina T.S. Mysticism and the rational in R. Otto’s legacy. In St. Tikhon's University Review. Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2020. Iss. 90. P. 68‒84. DOI: 10.15382/sturI202090.68-84.
  • Samarina T.S. “The Idea of the Holy” by R. Otto: Analysis from a Religious Studies Point of View. In Khristianskoye Chteniye. 2020. No. 6, P. 156–165. DOI: 10.47132/1814-5574_2020_6_156.
  • Sleptsova V. Polemics on Concepts of Evil and Divine Providence in Jewish Medieval Philosophy: Cases of Gersonides and Crescas. In Ideas and Ideals.2021. Vol. 13. Iss. 3. Pt 1. P. 35-47.
  • Sleptsova V. In Hasdai Crescas on Divine Omniscience and Human Choice: Comparative Metaphysics. In Philosophy of Religion: Analytic Researches. 2020. Vol. 4. No. 2. P. 129–155. DOI: 10.21146/2587-683X-2020-4-2-129-155.
  • Sleptsova V. Concepts of “Possible” and “Necessary” in H. Crescas' Second Book of “Light of the Lord”. In Study of Religion(Religiovedenie). 2020. No. 3. P. 62-68. DOI: 10.22250/2072-8662.2020.3.62-68.
  • Polyakov A.A.“The Father of Deism”: problems of research of the philosophy of Herbert of Cherbury in Culture and Art. 2021. No. 5. P. 12-24. DOI: 10.7256/2454-0625.2021.5.34681
  • Polyakov A.A. Deism and Herbert of Cherbury in Modern Historiography. Khristianskoye Chteniye. 2020. No. 5. P. 110–123. DOI 10.47132/1814-5574_2020_5_110.
  • Shpakovskiy M. Natural theology of Zinovy Otensky in the context of the Old Russian philosophical booklore. In St. Tikhon's University Review. Theology. Philosophy. Religious Studies. 2020. Iss. 92. P. 35‒56. DOI: 10.15382/sturI202092.35-56.
  • Shpakovskiy M. Joseph Volotsky's Attitude to Cosmological Problems. In Old Russia. The Questions of Middle Ages. 2020. No. 4 (82). P. 130‒140 DOI: 10.25986/IRI.2020.82.4.010.
  • Samarina T.S. Phenomenology, Noumenology and Post-Phenomenology of Religion. Moscow: IPh RAS, 2019. 296 p.
  • Shokhin V. Philosophical theology: the Canon and the Variability. Moscow, 2018.
  • Sudakov K (transl.) Lask E. Logika Filosofii i uchenie o kategoriyah (The Logic of Philosophy and the Doctrine of Categories). Moscow, 2017
  • Shokhin V. Philosophical theology: design facets. Moscow, 2016.
  • Shokhin V. Agathology: Contemporaneity and Classics. Moscow, 2014.
  • Fokin A. The Formation of Trinitarian Doctrine in Latin Patristics. Moscow, 2014
  • Malevich T. Theories of Mystical Experience: Historiography and Prospects. Moscow, 2014
  • Balagushkin E. Mysticism in Modern-Day Russia: Theory and Main Persons. Moscow, 2013.
  • Sudakov A.K. The wholeness of Live. Religious and philosophical thought of I.V. Kireevsky. Moscow: IPh RAS, 2011.
  • Shokhin V. Philosophy of religion and its historical forms (from Antiquity to the end of the Eighteenth Century). Moscow, 2010.
  • Fokin A. St. Jerome of Stridon. Biblical Scholar, Exegete, Theologian. Moscow, 2010.
  • Fokin A. Christian Platonism of Marius Victorinus. Moscow, 2007.
  • Shokhin V. The philosophy of values and axiological early thought. Moscow, 2006.
  • Balagushkin E. The Problem of Morphological Analisys of Religion. Moscow, 2003.
  • Balagushkin E. The Problem of Morphological Analisys of Religion (2nd half). Moscow, 2002.



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