Alexander Spirkin

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Alexander Spirkin
Born(1918-12-24)24 December 1918
DiedJune 28, 2004(2004-06-28) (aged 85)
Moscow, Russia
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionSoviet philosophy
Main interests
Dialectical materialism, Psychology, philosophical problems of cybernetics

Alexander Spirkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Гео́ргиевич Спи́ркин; 1918–2004) was a Soviet and Russian philosopher and psychologist. He was born in Saratov Governorate and graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University. In 1959 he received his doctorate in philosophy for a dissertation on the origin of consciousness.[1] He became a professor in 1970, and a year later was elected Vice-President of the USSR Philosophical Society. On November 26, 1974, Alexander Spirkin became a Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences.[2] His principal works deal with the problems of consciousness and self-consciousness, worldview, and the subject matter, structure and functions of philosophy. Prof. Spirkin’s Fundamentals of Philosophy (1988; English translation 1990) expounding Marxist–Leninist philosophy[3] in popular form was awarded a prize at a competition of textbooks for students of higher educational establishments.

Works (in English)[edit]

  • Alexander Spirkin; R. Daglish (Translator) (1984), Dialectical Materialism., London: Central Books Ltd, ISBN 0-7147-2010-0, archived from the original on 7 January 2011, retrieved 2011-01-15
  • Alexander Spirkin; Sergei Syrovatkin (translator) (1990), Fundamentals of Philosophy. (PDF), Moscow: Progress Publishers, ISBN 5-01-002582-5, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-06, retrieved 2011-01-15  First published in 1988, as “Основы философии”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Спиркин Александр Георгиевич". Russian Internet University for the Humanities. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  2. ^ "Alexander Spirkin's biography". Russian Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  3. ^ viz., dialectical and historical materialism.

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