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Travail, langue, pensée : aspects de l'épistémologie soviétique des années 30 dans l'oeuvre de Konstantine Megrelidze

Abstract : This thesis examines a Soviet version of the sociology of knowledge as it was elaborated by the Georgian and Soviet thinker Konstantine Megrelidze in his work Fundamental problems of the sociology of the thought written in the 1930s.Firstly, the thesis offers a sketch of the not particularly well-known authors’ biography, as well as the peculiar and instructive history of his work, subjected to censorship a number of times and seen here as a palimpsest - the layers of which reveal the changing currents of Soviet intellectual history.Secondly, it draws some wider conclusions about the way that Soviet censorship functioned in general, furnishing some hermeneutical guidelines necessary for the interpretation of the work.Finally, the thesis engages in a detailed three-step analysis of the work. In the first step, an attempt is made to delimit the intellectual sources of Megrelidze’s project, namely, phenomenology, Marxism, Gestaltpsychologie, Marrist linguistics. The second step considers the “historical science of thinking” in terms of its relationship with the dominant theoretical debates in Soviet intellectual culture at the time. Finally, two possible readings of Megrelidze’s theoretical project are discussed, (1) as a social ontology – which takes seriously Megrelidze's commitment to a certain philosophy of history and emphasises the ways in which his own project could be regarded as structurally important within this context; and (2) as a paleontology of thinking - which provides a methodological framework allowing a reconstructing of the modes of thinking characteristic to different historical and contemporary societies.
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Elene Ladaria. Travail, langue, pensée : aspects de l'épistémologie soviétique des années 30 dans l'oeuvre de Konstantine Megrelidze. Philosophie. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018TOU20073⟩. ⟨tel-02466480⟩



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