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  Svetlana Mesyats
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Svetlana Mesyats

Education


Graduate of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Department of Theoretical and Experimental Physics: Diploma in quantum electronics, 1996.

 

Study of ancient languages (Ancient Greek and Latin) at the Museum Graeco-Latinum (Moscow) under supervision of Yury A. Shichalin: graduation 1997.


Postgraduate study at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), Department of Philosophy under supervision of Prof. Hans Lenk, 1997-1998.


Postgraduate study at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Sciences.

 

 

Academic Degrees 


PhD in Philosophy.


PhD Dissertation:


"Aristotle's Physics in Neoplatonism. Proclus treatise Elements of physics" (2000, Institut pf Philosophy RAS)

 


Field of Studies

Philosophy of the Ancient Greece, Neoplatonism, Christian theology, ontology and philosophy of science, Goethe's Farbenlehre

 

Research Projects

 

  • 1999-2000  Ancient textbooks on physics: translation and study of Proclus’ Elementatio Physica, supported by Russian Foundation of the Humanities    

  • 2000-2003  Goethe’s theory of color: translation of the Didactic Part of Goethe’s Farbenlehre

  •  2004-2005  Physics as theology: Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s “Timaeus” in the context of late Neoplatonic philosophy, supported by RFH.

  •  2005-2010  Translation and commentary of the 1st book of Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s “Timaeus”.

  •  2005-2008  Encyclopaedic Lexicon of Ancient Philosophy (in cooperation with other scholars), supported by RFH. 

  •  2007-2010  Unwritten doctrines of Plato and Neoplatonic theory of the divine henads. 

  •  2010-2012  The notion of the First Principle in the ancient philosophy and Christian theology. History of the term hypostasis in Platonic and Christian traditions of the 3rd to 5th  centuries A.D. The project aims at determining whether hypostasis can be applied to describing the first principle in either tradition.

  •  2013 -  2015  Goethe's doctrine of colour and its relation to Newton's theory and the views on the nature of colour held by the ancients (Aristotle,  Anonymous De coloribus) . The project comprises a translation of the 'Polemical' and the 'Historic' parts of Goethe's Farbenlehre as well as  publication of the 'didactic' part previously translated by the same author; also a translation of the Peripatetic treatise De coloribus and an  analysis of the factors that caused discrepancies between Goethe's theory of colour and Newton's optics, on one hand, and its agreement  with the ancient doctrines, on the other.

 

Academic Ranks

Senior Research Fellow, IPhRAS

Deputy Department Head, Department of Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy and Science

 

Teaching and Professional Activities

Lecturer at the State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN)

Member of the Department of Metaphysics and Comparative Religious Studies (GAUGN)

Since 2010 member of the editorial board of ΣΧΟΛΗ - the Journal of the Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition (Novosibirsk) 


University Lecture Courses

1999-2003 – “Ontology” (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

2003-2004 – “Ancient philosophy” (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

2004-2007 – “Introduction to metaphysics” (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

2007-2008 – “Neoplatonic philosophy” (Faculty of Theology, Saint Tikhon Orthodox University)

2010-2011 – “Ancient philosophy” (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

A course in classical Greek (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

A lecture course in “Neoplatonic philosophy and Christian theology”  (Doctoral Studies Centre for the Orthodox Church)

A seminar on “Metaphysics vs. philosophy” (Faculty of Philosophy, GAUGN)

 

Graduate Supervision

5 graduate projects supervised in 2005-2007:

  • “The World Soul in Plotinus”
  • “Aristotle's doctrine of time”
  • “Plotinus on matter”
  • “Plotinus and Aristotle: the debate on the nature of time”
  • “The nature of Evil in Plotinus”

Postgraduate Project Supervision

 4 postgraduate projects supervised in 2008–2013: 

  • N. Volkova. “Plotinus on the nature and the cause of Evil” 
  • E. Zarutskaya. “The reception of Aristotle's theory of time in Neoplatonism”
  • M. Luzin. “Aristotle's doctine of essence: to ti en einai
  • A. Ryabova. "The multiplicity of worlds in Giordano Bruno"

 Doctoral Supervision:

  • M. Luzin. “Body and Soul in the philosophy of Porphyry”
  • N. Volkova. “The Soul as the cause of Evil in Plotinus”
  • R. Mkrtchyan "Concepts of the common and particular natures in the context of theological dialogue between Orthodox Church and the Ancient Churches of the East "

Research Projects Supported by Grants

Financial support from the Russian Foundation for the Humanities (RFH) has contributed to the completion of the following projects:

  • 1999-2000 “Ancient textbooks on physics”
  • 2002-2003 “Natural Science as Theology”
  • 2004-2005 “Proclus' Commentary on the 'Timaeus' in the context of ancient natural philosophy”
  • 2012 Publication of the russian translation of Goethe's "Farbenlehre. Didaktischer Teil."
  • 2013-2014 "Study of the reception and transformation of the the natural sciences in Antiquity"

Conference Papers

    2010-2011
  • Russian and Finnish Philosophical Symposium, organized by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Philosophical Society. Helsinki, 13-16 June 2010.
  • International TECHNE School. Theoretical foundations of Arts, Science and Technology in the Greco-Roman World, 1–10 May 2011. Panel paper on “The doctrine of colour: Newton and Goethe”.
  • XVIth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, 8–13 August 2011. Panel paper “Does the First have a hypostasis? Some remarks towards the history of the term HYPOSTASIS in Platonic and Christian tradition of the III–IV century”.Debates on Aristotle: Ancient Legacy and the Humanities [Аристотелевские чтения: античное наследие и гуманитарные науки]. All-Russian Conference organized by the Southern Federal University. Rostov-on-Don, 19-21 October 2011. Panel paper  “Goethe and Aristotle: is it possible to see the darkness?”.
   2012
  • September 24-29 , Paris. International conference "Aristote et son influence sur la culture philosophique à travers les siècles et jusqu’a nos jours". Sorbonne University. Panel paper: "Goethe and Arsitotle on the nature of light and color". 
   2013
  • April 25, Moscow. Historical Department of the State Lomonosov University. Presentation: "Plato's Unwritten Doctrine"
  • March 11-12, Moscow. International Conference «Reception of Aristotle's philosophical and theological heritage», organized by Sorbonne University (Paris) together with Institute of Philosophy RAS. Panel paper: "Aristotle on the nature of color and vision".
  • October 17, Moscow. Round Table "Proclus and some problems in the study of late Neoplatonism"  organized by Lomonosov' University together with Institute of Philosophy (RAS). Presentation: "Figurative and symbolic Interpretation of the Atlantis mythos in Proclus' Commentary on Timaeus
   2014
  • September 18-19, Moscow. The 2nd International Moscow Conference on Plato, organized by Russian State University on Humanities and the Centre of  Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Science of the Institute of Philosophy. Panel paper: "Proclus on divine, demonic and human souls".
  • November 3, Kyiv, National Universuty of Kyiv-Mohila Academy". Presentation: «Goethe vs Newton on the nature of color».
  • November 4, Kyiv, National Institute of philosophy. Presentation: "Proclus' teaching on soul".

Publications

 

 Books

  • Goethe and his Farbenlehre. Translated by I. Kanaev and S. Mesyats. / Ed. S. Mesyats. - Moscow: Krug, 2012. - xxxii+464. (Studies and translations in the field of Humanities V. II / Ed. of the series M.S. Petrova) with financial support of RFH. [И.В. Гёте и его учение о цвете / Перевод И.Канаева и С.Месяц. / Под ред. С.Месяц. М.: Кругъ, 2012]
  • Proclus. Commentary on Plato's Timaeus: Book I / Translation, introduction and commentary by S. Mesyats. – Moscow: MGL, 2012. – 416 p. [Прокл. Комментарий к "Тимею". Книга I / Перевод, ввдение, комментариии С.В. Месяц. М.: ГЛК, 2012]

 

Articles:

  • “Aristotle's treatise On memory and reminiscence.” In Cosmos and the Soul. Moscow: Progress-Tradition 2005, 391-419 [«Трактат Аристотеля О памяти и припоминании» // Космос и Душа. М.: Прогресс-Традиция, 2005, стр. 391-419].
  • “Transformation of the ancient understanding of the Absolute in Christian theology of the 4th century.” In Cosmos and the Soul. Moscow: Progress-Tradition 2005, 823-858 [«Трансформация античного понимания Абсолюта в христианском богословии IV в.» // Космос и Душа  М.: Прогресс-Традиция, 2005, стр. 823-858].
  • “Structure and main principles of a philosophical commentary.” In Genres and Forms in Written Culture of the Middle Age. Moscow: Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences Press 2005, 6-22 [«Композиция и основные принципы философского комментария» // Жанры и формы в письменной культуре Средневековья. М.: ИМЛИ РАН, 2005, стр. 6-22].
  • “On particular 'essences' in Ammonius of Alexandria.” In Herald of Theology 5-6. Moscow: Moscow Theological Academy Press 2006, 670-680 [«К вопросу о частных сущностях у Аммония Александрийского» // Богословский вестник № 5-6. Издательство  МДА, 2006, стр. 670-680].
  • “The problem of consciousness and personality in the philosophy of Plotinus.” In Papers Delivered at the 16th Annual Conference on Theology at Saint Tikhon Orthodox University. Moscow 2006, 60-68 [«Проблема сознания и личности в философии Плотина» // Сборник докладов XVI ежегодной богословской конференции ПСТГУ.  М., 2006, стр. 60-68].
  • “Proclus.” In Lexicon of History, V-VIII centuries A.D. Moscow: Nauka 2006 [«Прокл» // Исторический лексикон V-XIII вв. М.: Наука, 2006].
  • “The concept of θεολογια in ancient philosophy.” In Almanac of Philosophy and Religion. Moscow 2007, 228-246 [«Понятие θεολογια в античной философии // Альманах Философия и религия. М., 2007. С. 228–246].
  • “The problem of first principle in Neoplatonism and Iamblichus' doctrine of the two Ones.” In  Herald of the Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities. Saint-Petersburg 2007, 81-91 [«Проблема начала в неоплатонизме и учение Ямвлиха о двух Единых» // Вестник РХГА. СПб. 2007, стр. 81-91].
  • “Reading of a philosophical text.” In SCHOLE Inquiries in Ancient Philosophy and Classical Tradition Vol. I, pt. 2. Novosibirsk 2007 [«Чтение философского текста» // SCOLH. Философское антиковедение и классическая традиция т. 1, вып 2. Новосибирск, 2007].
  • “The Divine Iamblichus: landmarks of his earthly path.” In Almanac of Intellectual History 22. Moscow: URSS 2008 [«Божественный Ямвлих: вехи земного пути» // Альманах Интеллектуальной истории 22. М.: УРСС, 2008].
  • A review of B.R. Suchla. Dionysius Areopagita: Leben - Werk - Wirkung. Freiburg. Basel. Wien: Herder, 2008. In Herald of the Saint Tikhon Orthodox University I: 10 (26). Moscow 2009, 102-111 [Вестник ПСТГУ I: 10 (26), М. 2009, стр. 102-111].
  • “The doctrine of henads: Proclus, Syrianus, Iamblichus.” In Dialogue with Time. Moscow: Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Press 2009, 1-28 [«Учение о генадах: Прокл, Сириан, Ямвлих» // Диалог со временем, М. ИВИ РАН: 2009, стр. 1-28].
  • “Principles of Proclus' metaphysics.” In ARCHE. Proceedings of the Seminar on Cultural Studies, V. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities Press 2009, 203-235 [«Начала метафизики Прокла» // АРХЭ. Труды культурологического семинара. Вып. 5, М.: РГГУ, 2009, стр. 203-235].
  • “Plato's doctrine of ideas-numbers.” In Cosmos and the Soul II. Moscow: Progress-Tradition 2010 [«Учение Платона об идеях-числах» // Космос и Душа II. М.: Прогресс-Традиция, 2010].
  • “The problem of transcendent principle in Neoplatonism and the doctrine of henads.” In History of Philosophy Yearbook2009. Moscow 2010, 33-60 [Проблема трансцендентного начала в неоплатонизме и учение о генадах // Историко-философский ежегодник 2009. М. 2010. С. 33-60].
  • “The doctrine of henads: Proclus, Syrianus, Iamblichus.” In Intellectual Traditions in Antiquity and Middle Age. Moscow: Krug 2010, 42-68 [Учение о генадах: Прокл, Сириан, Ямвлих // Интеллектуальные традиции античности и средних веков. М.: Круг, 2010. С. 42-68].
  • “Plato's doctrine of ideas-numbers.” In Cosmos and the Soul II: The Doctrine of Nature and Thinking in Antiquity, Middle and Modern Age. Moscow: Progress-Tradition 2010, 29-82 [Учение Платона об идеях-числах // Космос и Душа (Вып. 2): Учение о природе и мышлении в античности, средние века и новое время. М.: Прогресс-Традиция, 2010. С. 29-82].
  • “Platonic concept of discursive knowledge.” In Journal of Philosophy 1 (6), Moscow: IPhRAS Press 2011 [Платоновская концепция дискурсивного знания // Философский журнал № 1 (6), М.: ИФ РАН, 2011].
  • "Hypostasis: the concept and it's history in the ancient philosophy" // Orchodox Encyclopedia 2011. V. XXVI. Moscow. P. 180-183.
2012 г.
  • Plato's Philebus on the one, the many and the mean. Some remarks on Phil. 14с-18d // ΣΧΟΛΗ. Ancient philosophy and classical tradition. V. 6, 2. Novosibirsk, 2012. P. 323-339 [Платоновский "Филеб" о едином, многом и среднем. Комментарий к фрагменту 14с-18d // ΣΧΟΛΗ. Философское антиковедение и классическая традиция. Т. 6, 2].
2013
  • Consciousness and Self in Plotinus' philosophy // ΠΛΑΤΩΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Studies in the history of Platonism / Ed. Valery V. Petroff. М.: Krug, 2013. P. 147–160. 
  • Transcendent principle in Neoplatonism and the doctrine of henads // ΠΛΑΤΩΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Studies in the history of Platonism / Ed. Valery V. Petroff. М.: Krug, 2013. P. 169–209. 
  • Does the First have hypostasis? // ΠΛΑΤΩΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Studies in the history of Platonism / Ed. Valery V. Petroff. М.: Krug, 2013. P. 318–338.
  • «Iamblichus and the foundations of late Platonism». Eds. E. Afonasin, J. Dillon & J. Finamore. Leuven: Brill, 2012 (Review)  // Philosophy of Religion (2012-2013) / Ed. by V. K. Shokhin. М.: Vostochnaya Literatura, 2013 P. 454-470. 

 

 2014
  • Goethe and Newton: debate about the nature of color // Intellectual traditions in the past and present. V. 2 // Ed. М. Petrova. М.: Aquilon, 2014. P. 299 - 340.
  • After the Eclipse: History of Philosophy in Russia / with M. Egorochkin // Studies in East European Thought. Vol. 66. № 3-4. Springer, 2014. 
  • Proclus' discovery // Platonic Studies. V.1 / Ed. I. Protopopova. SPb. 2014. P. 256-282.

 

 
 

Encyclopaedic Articles:

  • “Nature”, “Aether”, “Theophrastus of Eresos”, “Strato of Lampsacus.” In The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy in 4 volumes [Философская энциклопедия в 4-х томах]
  • “Demiurge”, “Natural theology”, “Hypostasis.” In The Orthodox Encyclopaedia [Православная энциклопедия]
  • “Ammonius Hermiae”, “Anatolius”, “Anamnesis”, “Good”, “Henads”, “Demiurge”, “Motion”, “Xenarchus of Seleucia”, “Moderatus of Gades”, “Porphyry”, “Nature”, “Proclus”, “Syrianus”, “Theophrastus”, “Aether”, “Iamblichus.” In The Encyclopaedic Lexicon of Ancient Philosophy. Moscow: Progress-Tradition 2008 [Энциклопедический словарь «Античная философия», М.: Прогресс-Традиция, 2008]

 

Translations:

  • Maximus the Confessor On difficult passages in Saints Gregory and Dionysius. Apory XLI, translated with a commentary by Svetlana Messiats. In Bogoslovskie Trudy 40. Moscow: Editorial Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Press 2005, 5-11  [Преподобный Максим Исповедник. О различных трудных местах у святых Григория и Дионисия. Затруднение XLI. Пер. и прим. Месяц С.В. // Богословские труды 40. Изд. совет Русской Православной Церкви. М., 2005, стр. 5-11].
  • Proclus. Commentary on Plato's Timaeus: Book I / Translation, introduction and commentary by S. Mesyats. – Moscow: MGL, 2012. – 416 p. [Прокл. Комментарий к "Тимею". Книга I / Перевод, ввдение, комментариии С.В. Месяц. М.: ГЛК, 2012]
  • Goethe and his Farbenlehre. Translated by I. Kanaev and S. Mesyats. / Ed. S. Mesyats. - Moscow: Krug, 2012. - xxxii+464. (Studies and translations in the field of Humanities V. II / Ed. of the series M.S. Petrova) with financial support of RFH. [И.В. Гёте и его учение о цвете / Перевод И.Канаева и С.Месяц. / Под ред. С.Месяц. М.: Кругъ, 2012]

 

 

Е-mail

 messiats@mail.ru