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ESSE: Studies in philosophy and theology

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The scholarly journal “ESSE: studies in philosophy and theology” is an independent networked peer-reviewed periodical. The journal is issued biannually, all the materials being subject to peer review and expert examination.

The journal “ESSE: studies in philosophy and theology” publishes original research works in history of philosophy and theology, state-of-the-art papers on philosophical and theological issues, translations of ancient and contemporary authors, various reviews including book reviews.

The principal language of publication is Russian. The editorial policy as stated on the journal website allows publishing materials both in PDF files with consecutive pagination and as web-pages in the HTML format.

The journal is intended both for specialists in history of philosophy and theology and for wide audience interested in the current philosophical situation. Therefore the editorial board gives particular attention not only to the quality of content but also to the formal and stylistic way of its presentation to the reader.

The objectives of the journal “ESSE: studies in philosophy and theology” are determined by the current situation of philosophy in Russia, with philosophy addressing itself to the sources and historical development of its own tradition.

The objectives of the journal comprise:

— Presenting high-quality research within the given research fields to the wide audience and scientific community

— Teaching and educational activity manifested in publishing translations of classical texts in philosophy and theology with commentaries and annotations, including texts that were never translated into Russian before. We prefer those texts which are still blind spots both for educational practices and for the scientific community at large.

— Creating a ground of free communication for particular researchers and research groups separated by ideological, institutional and disciplinary borders within thematic field defined both by philosophizing and working in the branch of history of philosophy and theology.

— Publishing studies approaching the standards of research practice based on an ethical context of scientific community and aesthetic standards of research work overcoming disciplinary borders and institutional constraints.

The structure of the journal’s sections constitutes a formal framework structured in accordance with the above objective.

The structure of sections

The journal “ESSE: studies in philosophy and theology” has a constant section structure repeated in every issue, with sections reflecting the chronology of epochs in the history of philosophy and theology; the whole structure being supplemented with methodological, archive and review sections.

The first section — Contemporary philosophy and theology” — contains original papers in Russian and translations of texts in foreign languages, including authors recognized as classics in contemporary philosophical and theological tradition. The texts in question are concerned with the philosophical analysis of the principles of being and therefore are situated in the field of ontology and philosophy of religion, but also outstretch to the adjacent thematic horizons of philosophical thought. The section is principally aimed at presenting current philosophical problems in the said field; it is devoted to particular traditions of the XX and XXI century philosophy either in their original formulation or in authors’ interpretations.

The second section — German Idealism: from Enlightenment to Modernism” — is devoted to papers and commented translations of the classical philosophical heritage embracing the period from the epoch of Enlightenment to modernism serving as the mark of the onset of contemporary thought. In this sections publications are aimed at studying the traditions of German idealism as a pinnacle of the theoretical thought of Modernity and a touchstone of theoretical and methodological maturity of any philosophical reflection; it is also intended to explicate its onto-theological foundations in the agenda of the philosophy of Enlightenment and crucial transformations in the thought of the XIX century.

The third section — Scholastic tradition, Renaissance humanism and modern philosophers” — comprises original papers and translations of classical texts reflecting various traditions of the western medieval, Renaissance and Modern thought. When selecting publications the editorial board gives preference to materials apt to fill the lacunae existing in the Russian philosophical historiography as concerns medieval philosophy and its influence on the Renaissance and Modernity.

The fourth section — Antique tradition and patristic studies” — is aimed at publishing commented translations of works in the antique classical philosophical tradition and theological texts of the patristic period as well as papers thereon. The editorial board strives to correctly reopen the disciplinary borders between philosophical studies of the heritage of classical Greek philosophy and philological research of late antiquity and early Byzantine Middle Ages.

The fifth section — «Elements of methodology” — is devoted to philosophical essays on the methodology of historico-philosophical and historico-theological studies, as well as new and original interpretations of classical texts.

The sixth section — Thesauros” — is composed of historico-philosophical and historico-theological works by Russian and foreign scholars, primarily those which inspired wide scientific discussions, which the editorial board strives to reopen. These texts are accompanied by exegetic and polemic commentaries.

The seventh section — Reviews” — contains reviews of books and new editions. Preference is given to reviews of publications in Russian on historico-philosophical and historico-theological issues given the restricted common ground of discussions in this field and disciplinary and communicative disconnection between authors and research groups.

The editorial board of the journal “ESSE: studies in philosophy and theology” invites all those interested to submit their texts for publication. Both Russian and foreign researchers are invited to collaborate.

The authors are invited to send their texts are invited to send their texts addressed to the Editor-in-chief Oleg Nogovitsin to the following e-mail address: editors@esse-journal.ru

Materials for submission should be sent in an attachment to the e-mail letter as two text files, the first file containing information on the author and publication, and the second one containing the proper text of publication.

The submitted text should be formatted in Microsoft Office Word 2003 (doc) or Microsoft Office Word 2010 (doc). The recommended volume ranges from 0,75 to 2 printed sheets (30-80 thousand printed signs including spaces)

Original papers, translations (with the proper copyrights) and reviews are accepted for submission. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract in English and Russian and 7-8 keywords, with the author’s name and title indicated. For more detailed information concerning formatting materials to be published, please see the section Author Guide.

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