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Academic talk and seminar "On Exception"

16 April 2015
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Academic talk and seminar "On Exception"

April 16, 2015 the academic talk and seminar "On Exception" delivered by Hungarian researcher and philosopher Sándor SAJÓ was held as part of the international scientific programme of Russian Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Technology (RIAS) Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities.

The Seminar focused on the concepts of "totality" and "exception" and their relationship. There were discussed examples of exception in various spheres of experience - perceptual, religious, affective, artistic and existential exceptions, also exception in politics  - with reference to Kierkegaard, Husserl, Schmitt, Merleau-Ponty, Franz Kafka and others.

The Seminar participants noted that Mr. Sándor Sajó managed to convey deep philosophical issues to the audience in plain language. A complex essence of interrelated philosophical problems was presented in an accessible format, which aroused great interest in the subject.

Ms. Elena Petrovskaya, PhD in Philosophy, Senior Researcher, RAS Institute of Philosophy participated in the Seminar as an expert.

The seminar was attended by Ms. Galina Pestunova (Kazakhstan, Ust-Kamenogorsk), Ph.D in Economics, Serikbaev University;  Mr. Igor Voloskov, Ground Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences; as well as participants of the third international program RIAS 2014-2015 Ms. Ratka Reljic (Croatia), Mr. Nursultan Dzhusupov (Kazakhstan), Mr. Sergey Toymentsev (USA), Mr. Dmitry Chizhov (Russia) and others.

Sándor SAJÓ (PhD, dr. habil.) is a philosopher, and an associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His book Almost Everything. The Dialectic of Broken Totality was published in 2014 in Hungarian and is in progress in English (it is to come out with Springer at the end of 2015). He feels close to various philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze. Earlier, he also translated texts from some of these authors into Hungarian. He is an international external expert of EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study) Fellowship Programme.

Mr. Sándor Sajó is a participant of the International Programme for research projects grant support  RIAS 2014-2015.
More information on research grants in 2015-2016 RIAS Sholokhov University is to be found here:


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