Magun, Artemy


Dean, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Professor of Democratic Theory
Degree: Ph.D. in Philosophy, Ph.D. in Political Sciences
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Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Modern Political Philosophy
  • Theories of Democracy
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social sciences
  • Psychoanalysis and society


Dr. Magun was born in Leningrad in 1974 to a family of social scientists (and 1960s Communards). He studied in Moscow at School #57 and in the Psychology Department at MGU, later pursued lengthy political philosophy studies in the USA and France, and finally returned to his native city to teach at the EUSP and clarify the meaning of world events in Russian.

PhD degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Strasbourg. Based on his dissertations at these institutions, Dr. Magun wrote his book Negative Revolution: On Deconstruction of the Political Subject, which was published both in Russian and French, and will soon come out in English.


“Magun’s originality lies in his ability to escape the trap of [Russian] identity: his discussion is conducted in the language of philosophical universalism, with its characteristic economy of expression… The author does not get mired in domestic issues, preferring to drift freely between various historical subjects – in addition to the recent Perestroika, the more spatially and temporally distant French and American Revolutions receive the majority of his attention.”
Oksana Timofeeva (Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie),


  • Member of the work group “Chto Delat” [What is to be done] (St. Petersburg-Moscow). Author of political and journalistic articles and dialogues in the journal of the same name.


  • In 2011, Dr. Magun received a Named Professorship, and in accordance with the position, has been conducting teaching, research, and public promotional work in the sphere of political theories of democracy.


  • Organizer and co-organizer of various international conferences and seminars, including: Politics of the One (SPbGU and EUSPb), “How do you say no?”, The Social Mission of a University, Revolutions and Protest Movements (all three at SPbGU). Organizer of winter schools on political philosophy.


  • Author of various articles on philosophy both political and general, published in the journals “NLO,” “Logos,” “Polis,” “Kosmopolis,” “Modern Language Notes,” “History of Political Thought,” “Temps Modernes,” “Telos,” and others, including seven articles on the Web of Science database.


  • Author of the book Unity and Solitude: The Course of Modern Political Philosophy (NLO, 2011), both a textbook on modern political philosophy and a treatise on the nature of the political; editor, chapter author of the book Politics of the One: Concepts of the One and the Many in Contemporary Thought (Continuum, 2013); author of the book Negative Revolution. Modern Political Subject and its Fate after the Cold War (Bloomsbury 2013); chief editor and co-author of the book Politika apolitichnyh [The Politics of apoliticals] (NLO, 2014) (forthcoming in russian)



“We need a second edition of this excellent, bright, intelligent book – not a revised edition, but an expanded one. At present, it is the only one of its kind our country has. But as with every good textbook, it must go through several editions before it becomes an exemplary and—in the full sense of the word—classic work.”
A. Filippov, NIU VShE, “Sotsiologicheskoe obozrenie”


“In recent years, Moscow has been losing the competition to Petersburg in the field of political philosophy. The books of Kharkhordin and Magun, the European University’s “blue” series, on democracy, society, and citizenship, should be understood as cultural events themselves, well exceeding the bounds of the narrow academic context.”
Aleksandr Markov, “Russkii zhurnal”


Academic interests:

the history of political thought, revolutions and theories of democracy, philosophy of negativity, sociology of social movements, Hegelianism, Marxism, psychoanalysis.


From an article in “Russkii zhurnal”:
“Political philosophy is not conceptual nirvana in the ivory tower, but a method for examining social reality. It’s not what the positivists, who dominate so much of today’s discourse, would suggest; rather, it simply considers any fact from the point of view of its historical origins, its causes and prospects, and its significance for world history (even if we study, for instance, one isolated instance of election fraud—for what would the world look like if fraud were the norm?). The philosopher would construct a world based on any fact.”

Artem  Magun


Selected Publications:



  • 2014 The Russian Protest Movement of 2011-2012: A New Middle Class Populism, Stasis, Vol. 2. №1, pp. 160-191.
  • 2013 De Negatione: What Does It Mean to Say No? Stasis, №1. PP. 6-41.
  • 2013 Negativity (dis-)embodied. Th. Adorno and Ph. Lacoue-Labarthe on  Mimesis. New German Critique, 2013, 40(1 118): 119-148.
  • 2012 Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt on the Jewish Question. Continental Philosophy Review, December 2012, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp. 545-568.
  • 2012 Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt on the Jewish Question. Continental Philosophy Review, in press.
  • 2012 Negativity (dis-)embodied. Th. Adorno and Ph. Lacoue-Labarthe on Mimesis. New German Critique, in press.
  • 2010 Marx's Theory of Time and the Present Historical Moment, Rethinking Marxism. A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society 22(1): 90–109.
  • 2010 Perestroika kak konservativnaia revoliutsiia? [Perestroika as a conservative revolution?] Neprikosnovennii zapas 6 (74).
  • 2010 Otritsatel’naia revoliutsiia Andreia Platonova. [Andrei Platonov’s negative revolution.] Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 106.
  • 2009 What is an orientation in history? Openness and subjectivity. Telos 147: 121-48.
  • 2007 The Double Bind. The Ambivalent Treatment of Tragic Passions in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Revolution. History of Political Thought 4: 719-746.
  • 2007 The Post-Communist Revolution in Russia and the Genesis of Representative Democracy. Redescriptions. Yearbook of Political Thought and Conceptual History 11: 61-78.

Books and Book Chapters

  • 2013 Taking Democracy Seriously, in V. Morozov (ed.), Decentring the West. The Idea of Democracy an the Struggle for Hegemony. Farnham: Ashgate. PP. 23-44.
  • 2013. Negative Revolution. NY-L. Bloomsbury.
  • 2013 Politics of the One. NY-L. : Continuum (editor and author of chapters “The Concept of One: From Philosophy to Politics” and “Unity and Solitude”).
  • 2011 Communisme qui est, communisme à venir, in: L’idée du communisme, ed. S. Zizek, A. Badiou. Paris: Lignes.
  • 2011 Edinstvo i odnochestvo: kurs politicheskoi filosofii Novogo vremeni. [Unity and solitude: the course of modern political philosophy.] Moskva: NLO.
  • 2009 La révolution négative. La déconstruction de sujet politique. Paris: Harmattan
  • 2008 Otritsatel’naia revoliutsiia. K dekonstruktsii politicheskogo sub’’ekta. [Negative revolution. On deconstruction of the political subject.] SPb: Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta v Sankt-Peterburge.
  • 2010 Une danse à deux, in: Phillippe Lacoue-Labarthe. La césure d’impossible. Paris: Lignes. pp. 373-386.
  • 2010 Kant on the French Revolution: the Role of Terror in the Construction of the Subject. In: Terror, Terrorism, States and Societies, ed. S. Das and Rada Ivekovic. New Delhi, Women Unlimited. pp. 3-23.
  • 2010 The birth of terrorism out of the spirit of Enlightenment: the subject of Enlightenment and the terrorist sensorium. In: Law and Evil: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis, ed. Ari Hirvonen and Janne Porttikivi. NY, Milton Park: Routledge. pp. 148-168.
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