Institute of Philosophy
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  Elena O. Trufanova
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Elena O. Trufanova

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Born in Moscow, on December 17th, 1981.                                                                          

Researcher ID: P-2266-2016

Scopus Author ID: 56479166200

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State Academic University for Humanities, Philosophy Department (1999-2004)



Ph.D. in Philosophy (Candidate of Science) since 2007 (thesis subject: "Unity and multiplicity of the Self as an epistemological problem")

Dr.hab. (Doctor of Science) in Philosophy since 2018 (thesis subject: "Subject and cognition in the world of social constructions")


Main Research Interests

 the Self, personal identity, theory of knowledge, social constructionism, constructivism, realism, relativism, psychology, escapism

Professional appointments

Since 2016 till  present - Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Department of the Theory of Knowledge; 

Since 2015 till present - Executive Editor of the Journal "Philosophy of Science and Technology"

Since 2011 - till 2016 - Senior Research Fellow of the Department of the Theory of Knowledge

Since 2007 till 2011 - Research Fellow of the Department of the Theory of Knowledge

Teaching experience

2019 till  present - professor of the Department of philosophy, cultural studies and sociology at the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University”.

2016 till present - lecturer in History and Philosoiphy of Science at the State Academic University for Humanities (Postgraduate Studies)

2012 - till present -  lecturer in Epistemology at the State Academic University for Humanities

2006-2014 - lecturer in Philosophy at Bauman Moscow State Technical University

2004-2007 - lecturer in Philosophy at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering;

International professional activities

2016 till present - member of the European Philosophy of Science Association

2016 till present - member of the Steering Comittee of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science



  • The Subject and Cognition in the World of Social Constructions. Moscow: Kanon+ Publ., 2018. (in Russian) Consciousness: Explanation, Construction, Reflection. Moscow: IphRAS, 2016, (co-authored with D.Ivanov, Zh.Zagidullin) (in Russian)

  • Unity and Multiplicity of the Self. Moscow: Kanon+ Publ., 2011. (in Russian)


Selected Articles:

(In English)

  • On the disappearance of the Self // Russian Studies in Philosophy. 2018. Vol. 56. Iss. 1. P. 49-60. 

  • Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in Present Russian Philosophical Thought: Soviet Roots and Current Status // Archivio di Storia della Cultura – Anno XXVIII-2015. Pp. 261-287. 

  • Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science and Technology in Contemporary Russian Philosophy (between the late 1980’s and 2013) // Vol. 66, nos. 3-4. 2014. Studies in East European Thought. (co-authored with V.G.Gorokhov)

  • Scientist-Escapist and Scientist-Manager: Search for Understanding Between Science and Society //Historiae Scientarum Baltica. Abstracts of the XXVI International Baltic Conference of the History of Science. Helsinki, 2014. P.53. (co-authored with A.F.Yakovleva)

  • Personal Identity in the Age of Mass Communication // Philosophy: Theory and Practice. Moscow: IphRAS, 2013.

  • Personal identity in the age of mass communication // XXIII World Congress of Philosophy. Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life. Athens 04-10 August 2013. Abstracts. Athens, 2013. P.732. 


(in Russian)


  • Man in the Digital Age // Proxima. Problems of visual semiotics. No. 4 (34). Pp. 102-122. DOI: 10.23951/2312-7899-2022-4-102-122 (co-authors: A.A. Dydrov et al.).**

  • Epistemological realism as a necessary condition for dialogue // Studia Humanitatis Borealis. 2022. No. 4 (25). Pp. 3-13.

  • Transformations of cultural identity in the digital age // Vopr. filosofii. 2022. No. 12. pp. 84-94. DOI: 10.21146/0042-8744-2022-12-84-94 (co-author: Khan Sh.Dj).**

  • Man in captivity of a digital cocoon: socio-cultural identity in the era of digitalization (Ref. on: Lisenkova A.A. Transformation of socio-cultural identity in the digital space: monograph / A.A. Lisenkova. Perm: PGIIK, 2021. 286 p.) // Philosophical problems of information technologies and cyberspace. 2022. No. 2. Pp. 69-78. DOI: 10.17726/philip.2022.2.5.

  • Philosophers at the turn of the XXIth century: about the "philosophical generation" of the zero // Philosophical generations / Comp. and ed. by Yu.V. Sineokaya. M.: Ed. YASK House, 2022. pp. 925-935. 

  • Man in the Digital World: "distributed" and whole // Bulletin of the Perm University. Series: "Philosophy. Psychology. Sociology". 2021. No. 3. Pp. 370-375. DOI: 10.17072/2078-78982021-3-370-375.

  • Man and his memory in a digitalizing world // Bulletin of the Chelyabinsk State University. Series: "Philosophical sciences". 2021. No. 8 (454). Issue 61. Pp. 30-38. DOI: 10.47475/1994-2796-2021-10804.

  • Escapism: between nature and culture // Bulletin of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University. Series: "Humanities and Social Sciences". 2021. No. 1. Pp. 125-134. DOI: 10.37482/2287-1505-V081.

  • Constructivism in epistemology and the sciences of man // Replicas: philosophical conversations / Author of the idea, comp. and ed. by Yu.V. Sineokaya. M.: Publishing house of YASK, 2021. Pp. 339-364 (co-authored with V.A. Lectorsky).

  • Paradoxes of identity // Replicas: philosophical conversations / Author of the idea, comp. and ed. by Yu.V. Sineokaya. M.: Publishing house of YASK, 2021. Pp. 449-472 (in co-authorship with P.S. Gurevich).

  • Is the "new ethics" ethical? // The Human world: normative dimension – 7.0. The problem of substantiating norms in various perspectives: from realism to constructivism and transcendentalism / Ed. by I. D. Nevvazhay. Saratov, 2021. Pp. 406-416.

  • Modern education: Digital subject vs physical subject // Digital humanities and technologies in education (DHTE 2021): collection of articles of the II All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference with international participation. November 11-12, 2021 / Edited by V.V. Rubtsov et al. M.: Publishing House of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, 2021. Pp. 315-325 (co-authored with O.R.Yanovskaya).

  • Digital escape or escape from digitalization? // Mortal and Eternal: the Mythology of Digital Civilization. Proceedings of the All-Russian Scientific Conference. October 27-28, 2020 / NovSU im. Yaroslav the Wise. Velikiy Novgorod, 2021. Pp. 100-107.

  • Science as a possibility of meta-discourse. Aleshinskie readings-2020: The Orders of Discourse in Philosophy and Culture. Proceedings of the Scientific Conference.  M.: Russian State University for the Humanities, 2020. Pp. 36-41.

  • The role of the humanities in the modern communicative space of science // Science as a public good: collection of scientific articles. Ed. and comp. I. T. Kasavin, L. V. Shipovalova. In 7 vol., vol. 5. Moscow: Publishing House "Russian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science", 2020. Pp. 81-83. (co-author. Yakovleva A. F.).

  • Philosophy of technology in Russia: origins, history, current picture //Mechane. 2020. № 1. P. 191–208.

  • Personal identity in the digital age: the loss of privacy, the boundaries of responsibility // Studie Culturae. 2020. No. 3 (45). Pp. 59-68.*

  • Man in the world of the ideal (thinking on new publications about the life and work of E.V. Ilyenkov) // Problems of philosophy. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 220-222.

  • Studies of consciousness at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (historical and philosophical review) // Social and humanitarian sciences in the far East. 2019. T. XVI. Vol. 3. Pp. 121-130.

  • Informational oversaturation: key problems // Philosophical problems of informational technologies and cyberspace. 2019. Vol. 16. No. 1. Pp. 4-21.

  • On hegemony, recognition of differences, and social construction of knowledge // Epistemology & Philosophy of Science. 2018.  Vol. 55.  No. 3. Pp. 76-90.

  • Elusive reality and social constructions // Philosophy of science and technology. 2017. Vol. 22.  No. 1. Pp. 61-77.

  • Social Constructionist Approach to Consciousness in the Context of Classical and Present Philosophy (Sotsial'no-konstruktsionistskii podkhod k soznaniyu v kontekste klassicheskoi i sovremennoi filosofii) // Filosofia i kultura. No 6 (102). 2016. Pp.785-796. (in Russian)

  • Social Roles of the Scientist from “Escapist” to “Manager” (Social'nye roli uchenogo ot "jeskapista" do "menedzhera" ”) (in Russian)// Voprosy Filosofii. № 3. 2015. Pp.75-82. (co-authored with A.F.Yakovleva)

  • On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Constructionism (O preimushhestvah i nedostatkah social'nogo konstrukcionizma) (in Russian)  // Jepistemologija i filosofija nauki. 2015. № 1. Pp.32-36.

  • Political vs Epistemological: Relativism in Social Constructionism and Feminist Philosophy (Politicheskoe vs jepistemologicheskoe: reljativizm v social'nom konstrukcionizme i feministskoj filosofii) (in Russian) // Reljativizm kak bolezn' sovremennoj filosofii. Moscow,  2015. Pp.228-264.

  • Split Consciousness as an Interdisciplinary Problem (Rasshheplennoe soznanie kak mezhdisciplinarnaja problema) (in Russian) // Filosofija nauki. Issue 19. Jepistemologija v mezhdisciplinarnyh issledovanijah. Moscow, 2014. Pp.183-199.

  • A Talk at the Round Table “Can We Measure the Scientific Creativity?” (Vystuplenie na kruglom stole «Mozhno li izmerjat' nauchnoe tvorchestvo?») (in Russian) // Voprosy filosofii. 2014. № 4. Pp.50-74.

  • Personal Identity in the Interdisciplinary Perspective (Lichnostnaja identichnost' v mezhdisciplinarnoj perspective) (in Russian) // Problema soznanija v mezhdisciplinarnoj perspektive. Moscow, 2014. Pp.174-182.

  • Escapism and Escapist Consciousness: Towards the Definition (Eskapism i eskapistskoe soznanie: k opredeleniju ponjatij (in Russian)// Filosofia i kultura. № 3. 2012. Pp.96-107.

  • Social Constructionism in the Theory of Knowledge: sources, problematics, contemporary potential (Sozialnyj konstrukzionizm v teorii poznanija: istoki, problematika, sovremennyj potenzial (in Russian) // Epistemologija: perspectivy razvitija. Moscow, 2012. Pp.389-400.

  • Role of Communication in the Construction of Personal Identity (Rol’ kommunikazii v postrojenii lichnostnoj identichnosti (in Russian). Filosofia Nauki. Iss.17. Epistemologicheskij analys kommunikazii. M., 2012. Pp.128-142.

  • Personal Identity as an Invariant of Individual Self-Knowledge (Lichnostnaja identichnost’ kak invariant znania individa o sebe) // Znanie kak predmet epistemologii. Moscow, 2011. Pp.169-188.

  • Social construction of the Subject Throught the Prism of Media and Network Technologies (Sozialnoe konstruirovanie subjekta cherez prizmu medijnyh i setevykh technologij (in Russian)) // Nauka I sozialnye technologii. Moscow, 2011. Pp.33-53.

  • Human in the Labyrinth of the Identities (Chelovek v labirinte identichnostej (in Russian)) // Voprosy filosofii. №2. 2010. Pp.13-22.

  • Self-Narrative and Its Author (Ya-narrativ I ego avtor // Filosofia nauki. Iss. 15. Moscow, 2010. Pp.183-193.

  • Social Constructionism: Sources and Perspectives (Sozialnyj konstrukzionism: istoki I perspektivy (in Russian))/ Na puti k neklassicheskoj epistemologii. Moscow, 2009.  Pp.150-168.

  • The Self as Construction (Ya kak konstrukzija (in Russian) // Konstruktivism v epistemologii I naukah o cheloveke. Moscow, 2009. Pp. 288-307.

  • Constructivist Approach to the Self (Konstruktivistskij podhod k Ya (in Russian)// Filosofskije nauki.  № 3. 2008. Pp.57-70.

  • Identity and the Self  (Identichnost I Ya (in Russian))// Voprosy filosofii. № 6. 2008. Pp.95-105.






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2016 - Prize of the Moscow Government for the Young Scienitsts of the year 2015, nomination Social Sciences for the series of articles on the present transformations of the role of science and of the scientist in contemporary society  (co-authored with A.F.Yakovleva)


2010 - The medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences with prize for the young scientists of RAS and other establishments and organizations in Russia (Contest for the year 2010 in Philosophy, Sociology, Pscychology and Law) for the monograph “Unity and Multiplicity of the Self (Moscow, 2010); the encouragement prize in the philosophical essays contest “Human in the Labyrinth of Identities” (Iph RAS 2009).