Russian exiles, new scientific movements, and phenomenology: A history of philosophical immigrations in 1930s France

Stefanos Geroulanos

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    Abstract

    This essay, a history of multiple receptions, assesses three interdependent innovations in French thought during the 1930s: the ascendancy of several Russian émigré intellectuals, especially the historian of religion and science Alexandre Koyré; the introduction of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics and Gestalt theory; and the rise of phenomenology. It argues that German-educated Russian émigrés were central to transforming French thought, in particular a new kind of phenomenological and antifoundational realism and a new understanding of the body, undermining the then-dominant neo-Kantian idealism and its understanding of the place and role of science in philosophy and modernity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)89-128
    Number of pages40
    JournalNew German Critique
    Issue number113
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 5 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Arts and Humanities(all)

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