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Russian Academy of Sciences




  Valery V. Petroff
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Valery V. Petroff

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Valery V. Petroff

Head of the Department of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Science

 

Chief Research Fellow of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

 

Director of the Centre for Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy and Science at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

 

Academic Degrees    

 

DSc in Philosophy    

 

Ph.D. in Philosophy    

 

M.A. in Mediaeval Sudies    

 

Doctor of Science Dissertation: «The Teaching of Maximus the Confessor in the Context of Late Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy and Theology» (Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2008)        

 

Ph.D. Dissertation: «Nature in the Teaching of John Scottus» (Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997)       

 

M.A. Thesis: «Aulae sidereae - the World by Eriugena» (Central European University, Mediaeval Department, Budapest, 1996)

 

Fields of Studies 

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Science,

  • Platonism, Neoplatonism, Christian Platonism, Aristotle and Aristotelian tradidion,

  • history of Ideas, intellectual history, 

  • post-classical science and philosophy,

  • hermeneutics, writing and editorial theories,

  • Russian philosophy, science and literature of the Modernist period

 

Membership in Scholarly Societies
  • Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies

   
Teaching


2015-2016: Evening courses at the University of Dmitry Pozharsky

2010-2011: The Sts Cyril and Methodius Graduate and Doctoral School (Department of Theology)

2003–2009: St Thomas’ Institute of Philosophy, Theology, and History

2000–2006: State Academic University for the Humanities (Philosophy Department)

1992–2000: International Slavic Institute (Department of the Humanities)

 

Courses Taught:

  • «Philosophy and Intellectual World of John Scottus Eriugena»
  • «Carolingian Intellectual Culture» 
  • «Intellectual Culture from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages» 
  • «Early Medieval Ireland»
  • «The Cult of the Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages» 
  • «The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy (Patrology)»
  • «Christian Theology»
  • «The Reception of Ancient Philosophy in the Patristics»

Publications

 

 

 

 

Full List of Publications

Books (in Russian):

 

 

Recent Publications (in Russian if not indicated otherwise): 

 

2016

“Self and Its Corporeality in the History of European Thought”, A Living Body in the History of Philosophy. Proceedings of the Conference held at the RAS Institute of Philosophy, 19.05.2015. Moscow, Saint Petersburg: The Humanitarian Initiative Centre, 2016, 11-42.

 

“Conceptual and Perceptual Space in the Earlier Writings of Andrei Bely”, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present. Vol. III (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2016), 287-331.

 

“Elements of Aristotelian Doctrine of Growth and Growing in Origen, Methodius of Olympus and Gregory of Nyssa”, Schole 10.1 (2016), 117-130. 

 

“Philosophical Discourse as Hymn-singing in Late Platonism and the Corpus Areopagiticum”, Platonic Investigations IV (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, 2016), 76-97. 

 

 

2015

 

“ Ὑπάρχω and ὑφίστημι in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua”, The Architecture of the Cosmos: St. Maximus the Confessor. New perspectives. Eds. A. Lévy, P. Annala, O. Hallamaa, and T. Lankila (Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Society, 2015), 93-122.

 

The Ocean of Being, Life and Mind in the Philosophical, Mystical and Psychoanalytic Traditions”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 191-248.

 

“Cognitive Psychology in Late Ancient and Early Christian Neo-Platonism”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 595-617. 

 

“Gnosis in Maximus the Confessor”,  The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 618-640.

 

“Reality as Lived-Through Experience in Philosophical Writings of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 247-271.

 

“Friedrich Nietzsche and the Eternal Recurrence”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 773-879.

 

Corpus Areopagiticum as an Example of Successful Reconciliation through Synthesis of Religious and Civilizational Differences”, Russia in Global World’s Architecture: Civilizational Dimension. Ed. by Andrei Smirnov (Moscow: Languages of Slavic Culture, 2015), 67-112.

 

“Aristotelian Tradition on Flow and Continuity in the Ever-Changing Living Bodies of Individuals”, Dialogue with Time 52 (2015), 82-92. 

 

“Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias on Growth and Growing”, Schole 9.2 (2015), 394-403.

 

Corpus Areopagiticum as a Project of Intertextuality”, Philosophical Journal 8.2 (2015), 56-75.

 

 

2014

 

“The Second Speech of Socrates from Plato’s Phaedrus as a Background for Liturgical Metaphysics of the Corpus Areopagiticum”, Platonic Investigations I (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, 2014), 296-311. 

 

“Bede’s Eschatology and the Natural Philosophy of His Time”, Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities. Philosophica (Palacký University, Olomouc) 2 (2013), 104-111.

 

“Being and Logic in Philosophical Writings of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present III (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2014), 340-372. 

 

“Books edited by the Centre for Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy and Science”, Philosophical Sciences 5 (2014), 150-155.

 

 

 


2013 

 

“Plato and His Teaching in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950)”, Logos 6 [90] (2012), 58-84.

 

“Ὑφίστημι and ὑπάρχω in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua”, The XXIIth  Annual Theological Conference of St Tikhon’s Orthodox University. Vol. 1 (Moscow: St Tikhon’s University Press, 2012), 299-306. 

 

“ΠΛΑΤΩΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ: New Approaches to the Ancient Tradition”, ΠΛΑΤΩΝΙΚΑ ΖΗΤΗΜΑΤΑ. Studies in the  History of Platonism. Ed. by Valery V. Petroff (Мoscow: Krugh 2013), 13-36.

 

“Σύμβολα and συνθήματα in the Theurgical Neoplatonism of Iamblichus and Proclus”, Ibid., 220-225. 

 

A Chain of Great Light: the Sun in the Platonism of Late Antiquity and the ‘Corpus Areopagiticum’”, Ibid., 240-263.

 

Symbol and the Sacred Action in the Later Neoplatonism and the 'Corpus Areopagiticum'Ibid., 264-308.

 

Theology of Symbol in Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler”, Ibid., 309-317.

 

Ὑπάρχω and ὑφίστημι in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua, Ibid., 338-375.

 

“Transformation of Ancient Ontology in the ‘Corpus Areopagiticum’ and Maximus the Confessor”, Ibid., 376-393.

 

Plato and His Dialogues in the Writings of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”, Ibid., 674-720.

 

Interviews:

Édouard Jeauneau, “Athens and Chartres”: a Conversation with Valery Petroff, Ibid., 581-629.

 

Luc Brisson, “‘Philosophy is what structures human being...’: a Conversation with Valery Petroff”, Ibid., 630-654.

 

Translations:

Jozef Matula, “Thomas Aquinas and His Criticism of Avempace’s Theory of the Intellect”, Ibid., 394-406.

 

Emmanuel Falque, “The Phenomenological Practice of Medieval Philosophy. I. Fons signatus: The Sealed Source. II. God-as-Phenomenon: John Scottus”. Translation by Andrey Seregin. Revised by Valery Petroff, Ibid., 505-580.

 

 

2012

 

 

  • “Symbol and the Sacred Action in the Later Neoplatonism and the Corpus Areopagiticum”, Theological Works 43-44 (2012), 305–341.

 

  • “Eschatology of Bede the Venerable and Natural Philosophy of His Time”, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present (studies and translations). Ed. by Maya S. Petrova (Moscow: Institute of World History, 2012), 102-114.

 

 

  • Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. “Unwilled Alley”. Text edition and notes by Valery V. Petroff, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present (studies and translations). Ed. by Maya S. Petrova (Moscow: Institute of World History, 2012), 219-236.

  

  • in English: "Plato’s Phaedrus and Neoplatonic Teaching on Dissimilar Symbols and Sacred Fiction in the Corpus Areopagiticum", Byzantine Theology and Its Philosophical Background. Ed. Antonio Rigo [Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization, 4] (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 32-49.

2011

 

             «Philosophy is what structures human being. Conversations with Luc Brisson», Philosophical Journal 2 [7] (2011), 59-77.

2010

  • «Epilogue of John Scottus’ Aulae sidereae (vv. 72-101) and the Earlier Poetic Tradition», Intellectual Traditions of Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Studies and Translations), ed. by Maya S. Petrova (Moscow: Krugh, 2010), 465-483.

 

  • «Kinnor, Cithara, Psaltery in Iconography and Texts: to the Interpretation of an Anglo-Saxon Gloss», Intellectual Traditions of Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Studies and Translations), ed. by Maya S. Petrova (Moscow: Krugh, 2010), 589-714.

 

 

  • «Anagogic Rays of the Good: the Sun in the Platonism of Late Antiquity and the Corpus Areopagiticum», History of Philosophy Yearbook 2009 (Moscow: Center for Humanitarian Initiatives, 2010), 112-139.

 

  • «The Real Symbol in the Neoplatonism and in the Christian Tradition (in the Corpus Areopagiticum and in Karl Rahner)», Bulletin of St Tikhons Orthodox University. Series I: Theology. Philosophy 3 [31] (2010), 36-52.
E-mail: CAMPaS.IPh@gmail.com 

 

2016

 

“Conceptual and Perceptual Space in the Earlier Writings of Andrei Bely”, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present. Vol. III (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2016), 287-331.

 

“Elements of Aristotelian Doctrine of Growth and Growing in Origen, Methodius of Olympus and Gregory of Nyssa”, Schole 10.1 (2016), 117-130. 

 

“Philosophical Discourse as Hymn-singing in Late Platonism and the Corpus Areopagiticum”, Platonic Investigations IV (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, 2016), 76-97. 

 

 

2015

 

“ Ὑπάρχω and ὑφίστημι in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua”, The Architecture of the Cosmos: St. Maximus the Confessor. New perspectives. Eds. A. Lévy, P. Annala, O. Hallamaa, and T. Lankila (Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Society, 2015), 93-122.

 

The Ocean of Being, Life and Mind in the Philosophical, Mystical and Psychoanalytic Traditions”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 191-248.

 

“Cognitive Psychology in Late Ancient and Early Christian Neo-Platonism”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 595-617. 

 

“Gnosis in Maximus the Confessor”,  The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 618-640.

 

“Reality as Lived-Through Experience in Philosophical Writings of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 247-271.

 

“Friedrich Nietzsche and the Eternal Recurrence”, The Measure of Things: Man in the History of European Thought. Ed. by Galina Vdovina (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2015), 773-879.

 

“Ареопагитский корпус” как модель успешного преодоления религиозных и цивилизационных различий через их синтез (на примере учения о символе) // Россия в архитектуре глобального мира: цивилизационное измерение / Отв. ред. А.В. Смирнов. М. Языки славянской культуры, Знак, 2015. С. 67-112. 

 

Corpus Areopagiticum as an Example of Successful Reconciliation through Synthesis of Religious and Civilizational Differences”, Russia in Global World’s Architecture: Civilizational Dimension. Ed. by Andrei Smirnov (Moscow: Languages of Slavic Culture, 2015), 67-112.

 

“Aristotelian Tradition on Flow and Continuity in the Ever-Changing Living Bodies of Individuals”, Dialogue with Time 52 (2015), 82-92. 

 

“Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias on Growth and Growing”, Schole 9.2 (2015), 394-403. 

 

Corpus Areopagiticum as a Project of Intertextuality”, Philosophical Journal 8.2 (2015), 56-75.

 

 

2014

 

“The Second Speech of Socrates from Plato’s Phaedrus as a Background for Liturgical Metaphysics of the Corpus Areopagiticum”, Platonic Investigations I (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, 2014), 296-311. 

 

“Bede’s Eschatology and the Natural Philosophy of His Time”, Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities. Philosophica (Palacký University, Olomouc) 2 (2013), 104-111.

 

“Being and Logic in Philosophical Writings of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”, Intellectual Traditions in Past and Present III (Moscow: Aquilo Press, 2014), 340-372. 

 

“Books edited by the Centre for Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy and Science”, Philosophical Sciences 5 (2014), 150-155.