Book on Gustav Shpet(Info)

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A new book on Gustav Shpet (1879-1937), a Russian phenomenologist who had studied with Husserl in Goettingen and had since developed some of his ideas in "Appearance and Sense" (1914) and in texts on aesthetics and hermeneutics, was published in December 2009 by Purdue UP.

The bibliographical details are:

Gustav Shpet's contribution to philosophy and cutlural theory, ed. Galin Tihanov.

West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue UP, 2009.
vii, 322 p.
ISBN 9781557535252 (pbk.)

Barnes & Noble sell the book at $35.95; University Libraries receive further discount through their suppliers.


Ed. Galin Tihanov, Purdue UP, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-55753-525-2


Gustav Gustavovich Shpet (1879-1937) has emerged as the most prominent Russian philosopher of the first third of the twentieth century. The principal promoter of Husserlian phenomenology, at the same time creatively modifying Husserl and at times departing from him, Shpet was also an early advocate of hermeneutics. He left behind seminal work spanning philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, literary and theatre theory, and the history of Russian thought. Significantly, many of his concerns anticipate scholarship that has dominated the discourse on theories of culture and the philosophy of language in the last decades.

The present volume brings Gustav Shpet's multifaceted work to the attention of Western scholarly communities. It offers original research by leading experts from the US, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and Russia, which covers the central areas of Shpet's work - phenomenology, philosophy of language, cultural theory, and aesthetics - and takes forward the current state of knowledge and debates on his contribution to these fields of enquiry. The volume also contains, for the first time in English translation, the most seminal portions of Shpet's book-length study of hermeneutics, undoubtedly one of his most significant works for contemporary students of cultural theory. Thoroughly researched bibliographies of Shpet's publications and of scholarship on him are also included.



Galin Tihanov
Gustav Shpet's Life and Works: Introduction to the Volume

Part One
Mapping out the Field

Peter Steiner
Tropos Logicos: Gustav Shpet's Philosophy of History

Robert Bird
The Hermeneutic Triangle: Gustav Shpet's Aesthetics in Context

Vladimir Zinchenko and James V. Wertsch
Shpet's Influence on Psychology

Galin Tihanov
Gustav Shpet's Literary and Theater Affiliations

Part Two
The Russian Context

James P. Scanlan
The Fate of Philosophy in Russia: Shpet's Studies in the History of Russian Thought

Steven Cassedy
Gustav Shpet and Phenomenology in an Orthodox Key

Maryse Dennes
Vladimir Solov'ev and the Legacy of Russian Religious Thought in the Work of Gustav Shpet

Part Three

Thomas Nemeth
Shpet's Departure from Husserl

George L. Kline
Shpet as Translator of Hegel's Phänomenologie des Geistes

Ulrich Schmid
The Objective Sense of History: Shpet's Synthesis of Hegel, Cieszkowski, Herzen, and Husserl

Alexander Haardt
Shpet's Aesthetic Fragments and Sartre's Theory of Literature-a “Dialectical Interpretation”

Part Four
Semiotics and Philosophy of Language

Thomas Seifrid
Sign and/vs. Essence in Shpet

Craig Brandist
Problems of Sense, Significance, and Validity in the Work of Shpet and the Bakhtin Circle

Du_an Radunovi_
Semiotics in Voloshinov and Shpet

Part Five

George L. Kline
Introduction to Excerpts from Shpet's “Germenevtika i ee problemy” (“Hermeneutics and Its Problems”)

Gustav Shpet
Excerpts from “Hermeneutics and Its Problems”

Du_an Radunovi_ and Galin Tihanov
Introduction to Shpet's “O granitsakh nauchnogo literaturovedeniia” (“On the Limits of Scientific Literary Scholarship”)

Gustav Shpet
“On the Limits of Scientific Literary Scholarship”

Part Six

Galin Tihanov
Bibliography of Gustav Shpet's Published Works (1901-2009)

Galin Tihanov
Literature on Gustav Shpet (1915-2009)


About the editor

Galin Tihanov is Professor of Comparative Literature and Intellectual History and founding Co-Director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Russian, German, and Central-European intellectual history, cultural theory, and literature.

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