Problems of Oriental Philosophy
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL
THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY

 Zumrud Kulizade

 

(Azerbaijan)

THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN MULTICULTURALISM

 

The article presents multiculturalism as a political ideology and state policy in relation to the culture of the so-termed “non-titular nations” living in the given state. It points out the universality of the phenomenon in the history of culture, its potentials either to promote or hamper the development of culture as well as its specificity in the modern socio-cultural development in the Western and post-Soviet regions. It reviews the reflection of the essential change of the content of the post-Soviet multiculturalism against the background of the multiculturalism of the Soviet period and its reflection in the conceptual approaches to the interpretation of a number of general and relatively-peripheral issues of meta-philosophy and the history of philosophy in The New Encyclopedia of Philosophy (in four volumes, Moscow, 2010). The article emphasizes:

The absence of novelties in The  New Encyclopedia of Philosophy in interpretation of the content of the main categorical mechanism of philosophy, tracking, herewith of the historical experience of various regional philosophical cultures and the modern tendency towards the integration and globalization of the local cultures in the system of the world culture.

The inexplicability of exclusion of the philosophical cultures of a number of nations of the Islamic realm, including the nations of the Turkic areal from the philosophy of the Arabic-Islamic region, the presentation of the main notions of the Arabic-Islamic philosophy associating them with the grammar of the Arabic language.

The bias and inconformity of the scientific ethics of excluding from the Encyclopedia the articles on the philosophy of the non-Russian nations of the former USSR – of  Southern Caucasus, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan as well as the non-Russian nations who continue to remain within the Russian Federation – the Tatars,  the Bashkir – the nations whose philosophy has been elucidated in special articles of  The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (in 5 volumes, Moscow, 1960-1970).

The downsized presentation or almost complete exclusion of the information on the philosophies of the nations of the Republics of the former USSR, in particular Azerbaijan when considering the histories of the philosophies of the nations of the USSR.

Taking into account the positive assessment of the conception of the Encyclopedia by the government of the Russian Federation, the above stated testifies to the clearly-pointed difference of the post-Soviet multiculturalism reflected in a number of articles of The New Encyclopedia of Philosophy from the multiculturalism of the Soviet epoch.

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