2021 – 2023: Philosophy in Socialist Romania. A Case Study in Institutionalized Thought

ABSTRACT

The present project offers an in-depth analysis of philosophical thought under the communist regime in Romania, combining hermeneutical analysis with comparative, historical, and quantitative research. Its main intention is to expose how the institutionalization of philosophical thought between the late 1940s and 1989 addressed the relationship between knowledge, politics, and social practice in ways that still inform the role of philosophy today.

The project analyzes philosophy as a discipline on its own terms, following its repeated reconfigurations during this period in an attempt to invest it with a new theoretical, but also social and political function. At the same time, it offers a periodization of the local philosophical production (including translations) in relation to sociopolitical changes (Sovietization, de-Stalinization, national communism), similarly to the recent historiographies of other fields, such as sociology, literature, and literary translation.

In making use of a comparative approach, it regards philosophy in relation to other disciplines (literature, literary theory and critique, sociology, etc.) and it moves beyond methodological nationalism by considering local philosophy in its transnational context. In reflecting both on the relationship of philosophy under communism with the philosophy of the interwar period and on its repercussions for the academic practice of philosophy in Romania today, it proves highly topical in a contemporary perspective.

PROJECT INFO

  • Project director: Dr. Alexandru CISTELECAN
  • Project title: Philosophy in Socialist Romania. A Case Study in Institutionalized Thought.
  • Project code: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-0707
  • Contract no.: PCE 141/ 2021
  • Program: Fundamental and Frontier Research. Exploratory Research Projects (PCE)
  • Financed by: UEFISCDI
  • Period of Time: January 2021 – December 2023
  • Funding: 1.197.938 lei

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