Articles in English


Горизонты Сербии. Сербия за горизонтом.

Проехался вновь по прекрасной Сербии, посетил ее лучшие монастыри от Ресавы до Овчарской Бани. На этот раз особенно поразила меня одна особенность сербской духовной топографии. Как известно, старинные сербские монастыри – Студеница, Раваница, Манасия – имеют форму круга, но, как я заметил, этот круг как бы воспроизводит круговое движение обступающих […]

Vladimir Ern and the Quest for a Universal Philosophy

Vladimir Maliavin             Эта давняя статья, опубликованная в 2000 г. и существующая только по-английски, содержит ряд важных положений, которые позволяют в новом свете оценить место христианства в современном мире и его отношение к восточным традициям. Надеюсь, что читатели, владеющие английским языком, уделят ей внимание. Со […]

On the Strength of Weakness: Gleb Pavlovsky’s Book “System RF in 2014 War. De Principii debile”. Moskva, 2014

Vladimir Maliavin                This book is remarkable in several aspects. Its author has been for many years a chief political advisor to the Kremlin administration though he recently fell into disgrace and joined the ranks of opposition. According to online polls, Pavlovsky has a […]

Confucius and the Foundation of Ethics

V.V.Maliavin Текст выступления на Втором Нишаньском форуме в г. Цзинань (КНР), май 2013 г. The basic fact about Confucius is that he did not write texts of his own nor engaged in theoretical disputes. His main source of inspiration were collection of Songs, records of deeds and sayings of ancient […]

The Soul Wide Open. On Russian Folksongs.

(Текст для буклета к концерту русского народного ансамбля песни и пляски в Тайбэе, 2012 г.) Vladimir Maliavin This is what Russian folk music and folk songs are: the human soul wide opened. No lies. No fuss. No fears. Just bare truth of life. Why is it so? Maybe because Russia’s […]

Yellow Peril or Yellow Blessing?

V.V.Maliavin Yellow Peril or Yellow Blessing? Images of Eastern Asia in Russia at the Turn of the XXth Century[1]. Paper presented at the Conference “New Perspectives on East Asian Studies“, Taipei, 2012, June 1-2.  Since the latter half of the XIXth century Russia’s attitude to Eastern Asia and Far East […]

Folklore Traditions Modernized: A. Shevtsov's Academy of Self-Knowledge

V.V. Maliavin A few years ago in the abandoned summer camp for schoolchildren not far from the city of Ivanovo in Central Russia a man named Alexander Shevtsov, an ethnographer and psychologist by training, established what he calls “The Sanctuary of Folk life” (Заповедник народного быта). Usually the Russian word […]

Chinatown: How Chinese Civilization Goes Global

V.V.Maliavin It is well known that so called Chinatowns have become the most common institutionalized form of Chinese civilization’s global existence. What is Chinatown? What is Chinatown’s cultural nature as well as its historical significance? To answer these questions we have to look at first at the foundations of Chinese […]

Chinese Wisdom of the Body. Evidence from the Martial Arts

V.V. Maliavin It is well known that Chinese culture attaches a great importance to human sensitivity, both social and corporeal. It is far less known that Chinese tradition of martial arts is probably the most elaborate and efficient product of such attitude. This paper explores the nature of the corporeal […]

Strolling in Chinese Garden: An Experience of Self-Re(dis)covering

Vladimir Maliavin Not accidentally Asia has been called since ancient times the First Continent, the Mother of Humankind. Asian landscapes in their bewildering variety – both natural and artistic – represent in essence the original space/place of existence, the primordial Void filled by the plenitude of life’s images. In stark […]

Beyond Matrix, or the Tao of Postmodernity

V. V. Maliavin Institute of Slavic Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan It is well known that the passage to Postmodernity – if this term seems acceptable – has brought about dramatic changes in the concept of Praxis. The classical philosophy has treated Praxis as a conscious activity articulated through the opposition […]

The East, the West and Russia

Once Again on the Dichotomy of East and West The axiomatic fact of any anthropological or cross-cultural study is a kind of double-focused vision rooted in the recognition of «another» and alien humanness which can serve, however, as a part of our proper existence and our understanding of the world […]