Current Research Areas


Theory and Analysis of Ideology

I study ideology from the political epistemological and political philosophy’s point of view. In the context, I describe an ideology as an anonimous instance directing thinking, speaking and feeling of humans in contemporary societies. As a result of ongoing research I tested my ideas through publications and public lectures:

1) articles:

2) reports and reviews:


Development of Post-Soviet Nations, studies on the post-Soviet politics 

1) articles:

2) reports, interviews and reviews:


Theory, Praxis and History of Revolutions

One of my major current interests is revolution. I treat revolution as a space/time for political creativity of Modernity. Questions that I deal with include:

  • How do revolutions change society and culture? How does revolution help a human to lessen impact of collective contexts upon his/her life?
  • Epistemology of revolution: how does theory meet praxis and pre-describes the outcomes of a revolution?
  • How do revolutions establish freedom and why they tend to postpone them thus promoting dictatorships?
  • Why freedom-postponing revolutions prevail in European Modernity? What is ‘revolutionary tradition’? How ‘conservative revolution’ is possible?
  • What is the genealogy of Russian revolution (1917 an further on)? What revolutionary tradition’ elements were continued in post-Soviet revolutions (1989-92), including ‘color revolutions’ (2003-5) and Euromaidan (2014)?

This endeavor of mine will lead to a book on philosophical history of Russian revolution in two years. So far I have published several articles where I tested the major approaches to revolution:

1) articles

2) reports and reviews


Global Modernization, Multiple Modernities and Post-Soviet De-Modernization

My research is dedicated to processes of modernization and evolution of political cultures in imperial Russia/Soviet Union/Post-Soviet Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Taking into account a multitude of modernization processes in which political reason manifests itself, I concentrate on analysis of mutual impacts of philosophy and politics, as well government policies towards philosophy/social sciences and humanities in universities and in public sphere for the period of 1801 – 2010 in the lands of Western Eurasia. My main hypothesis is that analysis of interrelationships between authorities and philosophy/social sciences & humanities during the Eastern European modernization can identify the main factors defining the role, limits and functions of public rationality in political life of contemporary Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Antidemocratic tendencies in political life of Eastern European countries are based on legitimacy structured by dominance of irrational values and distrust to political reason.

In addition to this, I have dwelled on a concept of de-modernization as a factor of never ending transition to Modernity in Russia, Ukraine and other nations whose parting with traditional society took place within the framework of Russia Empire and/or USSR.

So far, the results of this research were published in the following materials:

1) articles

2) reports and reviews


Previous Academic Research

 


Mikhail Minakov at Google Scholar


Mikhail Minakov at Academy.edu


Mikhail Minakov at Electronic Kiev Mohyla Academy Institutional Repository

 

Researcher ID :   D-3100-2016
Profile URL :   http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3100-2016

 

ORCID iD is 0000-0002-0619-7321

ORCID public record is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0619-7321