Institute of Philosophy
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  Nadezhda Volkova
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Nadezhda Volkova

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Year and Place of Birth


1981, Moscow 

 ORCID: 0000-0002-9091-3609

 ResearcherID: U-5528-2018

 Scopus Author ID: 56785427700

 RSCI SPIN: 5186-7201, Author ID: 123659



  • 2008-2012: Ph.D – State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN), Faculty of Philosophy.Thesis title: “Soul as the Cause of Evil according to Plotinus”, Superviser – Svetlana Messiats.
  • 2003-2008: Diploma, master equivalent – State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN), Faculty of Philosophy.


 Research interests

Ancient philosophy. Cosmology and Theology in the Late Antiquity. Religion and Mythology in the Platonic Tradition. The Problem of Evil, Free Will and the Theodicy according to Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, Plotinus, Proclus.

  • 2012-2016: Research Fellow
  • 2011-2012: Junior Research Fellow


Since 2010: Member of the Centre for Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy and Science: /campas.htm

 Teaching Experience

  • 2010-2012: Ancient Greek language course (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)
  • 2013-2016 (the 1st semester): Ancient philosophy course (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)


  • "Does the Philosophy discover something new?", November 10 2016 in the  Library of F.M. Dostoevsky. 
  • "What is the Philosophy?", December 1 2015 in the  Library №38.
  • "Two World souls in the commentary of Plutarch on Plato's Timaeus"  - Anatomy of Philosophy. May 7, 2015.
  • "Ideas of particulars and the problem of individuality in Plotinus" -  The 2nd Moscow International Platonic Conference, September 18–19, 2014.
  • “The Aspects of Interpretation Timaeus by Plutarch”. – Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Seminar in the RAS Institute of Philosophy,26 march 2013.
  • “Plutarch and Plotinus as Exegets of Plato's Timaeus”. International Conference “Plato and Platonism in European Culture”, 6-8 september 2012.
  • “The Problem of monistic Theodicy”. –International Conference “20th Christmas Readings”, 25 december 2011.


(all in Russian)

  • The Problem of Evil in the Contemporary Studies of Plotinus’ Philosophy. Dialogue with time. 2018. № 63. P. 330-338
  • Two Theodicies in Plotinus. ΣΧΟΛΗ. 2018. № 12 (2). P. 570-585
  • Plotinus on genera of being // Intellectual traditions in past and present. 2018. vol.4. P. 226-246.
  • The problem of substance as the kind of being in the context of the criticism of aristotelian system of categories proposed by Plotinus in treatise VI 1(42) “On the kinds of being”. ΣΧΟΛΗ. 2018. Vol. 12. Issue 1.  P. 137-146. (SCOPUS)
  • Two World souls in the commentary of Plutarch on Plato's Timaeus: analosis of Philosophical text // Anatomy of Philosophy. ed J. Sineokaya. Moscow. 2016.
  • Intellect and intelligible as the subject of Aristotle's science concerning  the Soul.  In Intellectual Traditions in Antiquity and Middle Age. ed. M. Petrova. Moscow. 2016. 
  • Is the Goal of Philosiphical Enquiry achievable? A Review of Karl Albert, On the Meaning of Philosophy according to Plato. ΣΧΟΛΗ. Antient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition. Vol. 9. Issue 2. Novosibirsk 2015. (SCOPUS)
  • From idea of Human Being as species to ideas of individuals. THE MEASURE OF THINGS. MAN IN THE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN THOUGHT. Ed. by Galina V. Vdovina. Moscow 2015.
  • Is the soul of Socrates eternal? On the problem of explanation of the individual qualities in Plotinus. Philosiphical Antropology. Vol.1. №1. 2015. С. 20-33.
  • Infinity as a matter (to the problem of infinity in Plotinus' metaphysics). Philosophical Thought. — 2015. - № 8. - P.1-30. DOI: 10.7256/2409-8728.2015.8.16339.
  • "The irrational part of the world and individual soul according to Plutarch of Chaeronea". Philosophy Journal. Moscow. 2015.
  • " The Concept of "Simply matter" in the Philosophy of Plotinus". Intellectual Traditions in Antiquity and Middle Age. ed. M. Petrova. Moscow. 2014
  • “Plutarch's Doctrine of two World Souls”. ΠΛΑΤΟΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Ed. Valery Petroff. Moscow 2013.
  • “On the Origin of Soul in Timaeus” (Translation the 1st part of Plutarch's “De amimae procreatione in Timaeo”). ΠΛΑΤΟΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Ed. Valery Petroff. Moscow 2013.
  • “The Pocession of the Matter-Evil in Plotinus”.Herald of NSU. № 2. Ed. Vladimir Diev. Novosibirsk 2012.
  • “The Problem of Evil in Plotinus”.Herald of LNU. №4 (Vol.2). Ed. Irina Mochaliva. St.P. 2011.
  • “The Necessity of Descent and Justice of Retribution in the Philosophy of Plotinus”. History of Philosophy Yearbook 2009. Ed. Olga Golova. Moscow 2010.
  • “Plotinus on the Nature and the Cause of Evil”.TheCosmos and the Soul II. Ed. Andrey Seregin. Moscow 2010.
  • “Charlemagne and Pope Leo”. A Gender History of the Western Europe (reading book). Ed. Lorina Repina. Moscow 2006. (Translation from Latin together with Maya Petrova).