The Russian Journal of Philosophical Sciences was founded as a scientific, educational, and awareness-raising periodical for the Soviet educational system and still serves as a methodological guide for workers of educational entities, schools, universities, postgraduate students and lecturers in the humanities and social sciences. The articles of the journal are devoted to traditional, classical topics, as well as to important issues of the modernity and prospects of sociocultural and civilizational development of humankind.
The authors of the journal are members of the research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Education, and other scientific centers and leading higher education institutions of Russia, as well as renowned foreign scientists.
The journal’s main sections and columns reflect the interdisciplinary character of the scientific and socio-humanitarian problems. The journal publishes the results of research by Russian and foreign experts in the history and philosophy of science, sociology, political studies, culture studies, psychology, including deep psychology, religion studies, pedagogy, globalization studies, philosophy of law, philosophy of crime, conflict resolution studies, mediation, virtual reality studies, philosophy of the unknown, esotericism, transhumanism, neurophilosophy, social ecology, universal history, cognitive studies.
Focus and Scope
The Russian Journal of Philosophical Sciences is a scientific and educational periodical. In this respect the most important aim of the journal is to publish materials both reflecting the current state and achievements in philosophical and socio-humanitarian research, and having educational and awareness-raising value for teachers and a wide audience of people interested in humanitarian problems.
The journal’s aim was also to provide efficient communication within the Russian humanitarian scientific community and its interaction with social and political institutions. The journal gives special attention to the issues of developing Russian education, science and socio-humanitarian knowledge.
To achieve these goals, a creative group was formed comprising representatives of relevant committees of the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federations, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Education, and other scientific and educational, state and public organizations.
The journal systematically covers the work of institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academy for Research into the Humanities, Russian Library Association, leading universities and other educational entities of the country, the creative life of the scientific community. The journal actively participates in the work of the Association of Chief Editors of Socio-Humanitarian Journals, “Education Is for Everyone” All-Russian Public Movement and other scientific, educational and awareness-raising organizations.
By its activities, the journal contributes to the enhancing the image of Russian science abroad, including in the CIS and Baltic countries, further promotion of national scientific thought in the global scientific, educational, information area.
Some articles both in the print journal itself and on the website are published in English.
The first issue of the journal came out in 1958. It was founded by the Ministry of Higher Education of the USSR (later renamed the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Vocational Education). The journal was then called the Scientific Reports of Higher Education. Philosophical Sciences. Chief editor was M.T. Iovchuk, his deputies were G.S. Vasetsky and L.N. Suvorov.
The journal’s mission, as stated on the pages of its first issue, read as follows:
“The journal will publish: scientific articles, reports, and announcements on the results of new research in philosophical sciences (dialectical materialism, logic, philosophical problems of natural sciences, historical materialism, ethics and art, history of philosophy). The journal will also print materials of philosophical discussions in higher education, overviews and reviews of philosophical literature”.
On the journal’s eleventh year of existence, in issue No. 3 of 1968, the editorial board describes the journal in the following words (they perfectly convey the spirit of that time):
“The Journal of Philosophical Sciences provides extensive coverage of the latest achievements in Marxist-Leninist philosophy and sociology, ethics, aesthetics, scientific atheism theory, logic, philosophical problems of natural sciences, history of philosophy. Significant place is given to the materials on the philosophical problems of scientific communism. The journal publishes articles criticizing anticommunism, reformism, right and “left” opportunism, modern bourgeois philosophy and sociology.
The journal gave much of its volume to reviews and overviews of Soviet philosophical literature, information on collected works from higher education institutions, and scientific notes.
The journal provides extensive coverage to scientific life in the USSR and abroad, scientific results of congresses, conferences and symposia in philosophy and sociology. In 1968 the journal published materials for the 15th International Philosophical Congress in Vienna.
Materials published in the journal are of great interest to scientific workers, teachers, postgraduates and students of higher education institutions, as well as lecturers, propagandists, and people, who study Marxist-Lenininst philosophy themselves”.
In 1970 Vladimir Spiridonovich Gott becomes the journal’s chief editor. In the 1970s the journal employs V.N. Shevchenko as deputy Chief Editor, and D.I. Dubrovsky as Department Head. Both actively cooperate with the journal to this day. A.A. Pruzhinina becomes the journal’s executive secretary, which post she still occupies now.
In 1987 the journal gets a current title – “Philosophical Sciences” – and becomes a monthly periodical. After the death of V.S. Gott in 1991, he is replaced by Yuriy Alekseyevich Zinevich as a chief editor. In 1992 the journal faces financial barriers due to the financial crisis in Russia. The editorial board struggles to save the periodical, they succeed, but the journal becomes a quarterly. Material, organizational and financial support had been provided by the publisher of the journal – Moscow Institute of Ecology, Conflict Studies and Open Education. Since 1995, the Academy for Research into the Humanities becomes a co-founder of the journal. Publication frequency was restored to 6, then to 10 numbers a year. Since 2004, the journal returns to monthly periodicity.
As an appendix to the journal, various books and series of brochures were also published, among them “From the History of Ancient Philosophy”, “Creativity as the Principle of Anthropogenesis”, “Tolerance in Culture”, “Artist and Creativity”, “The Nature of the Creative Personality”, “The Psycho-Technics of Stage Acting”, “The Times and Fates”, “Selected Poems of Russian Poets”, “Reflections on Art”, “Poetry and Prose of Literary Translation”, “To Help a Young Scientist”, “Public Opinion: The Historical and Sociological Aspect of Analysis”, "The Social Structure of Society and Social Stratification”, “Social and Cultural Analysis of Russia’s Social Dynamics”, “Adapting the Population under the Conditions of a Transforming Society in Post-Soviet Russia”, “Philosophical Foundations of the Problem of Management”, “Philosophical Problems of Biology”, “Biopolitics in the Context of the History of Biology and Philosophy”, “Genesis of Technical Activity as a Subject of Sociological Analysis”, “The Social Essence of Technology”, “From Ancient Chinese Poetry”, “Methodology of Socio-Humanitarian Knowledge”, “Political Rationality: On the Emergence of New Epistemological Foundations of Political Science”.
Chairperson of editorial board is V.S. Styopin, Honorary Director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Chairperson of the international editorial council is A.A. Guseynov, Principal Adviser for Academic Affairs at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Editor-in-Chief is Kh.E. Marinosyan. Executive secretary is A.A. Pruzhinina.