Theories of Justice

Designed in 2019

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The course discusses contemporary theories of distributive justice. It starts from John Rawls’s famous Difference Principle, explores its multiple alternatives, and asks how they might inform the political decisions of today's democratic governments. At the end we will realize that justice is a much more complicated issue than we usually think, but fortunately there are reasonable ways of approaching it.

Theories of Democracy and Justice

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spring 2018, with Giorgi Tskhadaia

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, with Josep Costa

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This course aims to address some of the main normative debates in the field of political theory, looking for responses to the challenges faced by contemporary societies. Among these, special attention is given to issues of cultural diversity and social inequality. The discussion of conceptual problems is combined with case studies.

Philosophy (in Russian)

Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2004-2015, various duration from ½ year to 1 year long (min. 18 lectures, 9 discussions; max. 34 lectures, 34 discussions)

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The course discusses the most important ideas and figures in all philosophical disciplines from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics and politics, from Parmenides and Plato to Wittgenstein and Derrida.

After the Tyranny: A Philosophical Attempt to Make Sense of the Soviet Totalitarian Legacy (in Russian)

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Spring 2014

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My aim was to trace the becoming of the ‘Soviet tyrannical man’, to understand what happened to that character after the Soviet tyranny had collapsed, and to find out what we might want to happen next. I gathered intuitions from such philosophical sources as Plato’s Republic, Freud’s Psychology of the Masses, and Agamben’s Homo Sacer and applied them to a number of Soviet ‘documents of the epoch’ — Stalin’s speeches, Bulgakov’s, Sholokhov’s, and Solzhenitsyn’s novels etc.

Introduction to Epistemology (in Russian)

Designed in 2014


An anthology for the PhD school admission exam in philosophy for the students of natural science faculties at Lomonosov Moscow State University.