- Novosibirsk School of Philosophy of Mathematics
- Novosibirsk Scientific Ethno-Sociological School
- Novosibirsk School of History of Philosophy
«Novosibirsk School of Philosophy of Mathematics» originated in the Institute of History, Philology and Philosophy of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1970 alongside the formation of the Department of philosophy. The unique feature of the School is that from the beginning it operated in a close collaboration with the Department of mathematical logic of the Institute of Mathematics, led by Yuri Ershov (Corr. Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences since 1970, Full Member – since 1991). From its first days until the present, the School has been led by prof. Vitaliy Tselishchev. In cooperation with the mathematicians, the School has produced the conception of a new area in the philosophy of mathematics, which has been called “conceptual pragmatism.” The conceptual pragmatism is based on the problem-oriented approach to the analysis of philosophical problems. Scientific foundations of the School’s operation has been explicated in the monograph «Problem-oriented approach to science” (Novosibirsk, 2001). The School publishes Russian scientific journal “Philosophy of Science.”
«Novosibirsk Scientific Ethno-Sociological School» was born at the Institute of History, Philology and Philosophy of the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1963, when the United Scientific Council for Humanities of the Siberian Branch of AS USSR decided to launch a special Siberian project dedicated to national problems and relations in the region. The first leader of the School was Vladimir Boyko, corr. member of AS USSR, and the mastermind behind it was Alexey Okladnikov, full member of AS USSR. His methodological ideas of interrelation between ethnogenesis and cultural genesis, and of constant interaction of ethnic groups in world history as a global historic-cultural process, underwent philosophical development and concrete sociological verification in the research of the members of the School. In the beginning of 1990s the central organizational and ideological role of the School’s activities was assumed by the Sector of Ethno-Social Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Law SB RAS under the leadership of prof. Yuri Popkov (since 1997). The distinctive feature of the Novosibirsk ethno-sociological school is the close connection between concrete-sociological research with the socio-philosophical generalizations, which are founded upon system-genetic, socio-cultural and civilizational approaches. Ethno-social processes, which are located within the specific interethnic communities, are being treated as the foundation of the civilizational development and as the object of the ethnical policy of the state. Since 1995 the Sector of Ethno-Social Research under the leadership of Yuri Popkov conducts the international seminar “Ethno-Social Processes in Siberia,” which unites not only Siberian scholars, but also those from other regions of Russia, and even scientists from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Germany and Great Britain. The seminar’s materials have been collected and published in ten volumes of the same title. In the last decade the School has organized four International Schools for Young Ethnosociologists, and their proceeding have been published in the series “Ethnosociology for the Young.” The School has established productive cooperation with the leading foreign and domestic scientific centers working in the same area, and with the civil authorities of Siberia and neighboring regions. The federal and municipal authorities in their governance are using the results of the School’s research.
«Novosibirsk School of History of Philosophy» is the youngest of the Institute’s schools. Its founder and leader is Vasiliy Goran. After the defense of his doctoral dissertation “The Concept of Destiny and the Problem of Genesis of Categories of Necessity and Contingency in Early Greek Philosophy” Goran comes back to Novosibirsk and pursues the research of Ancient philosophy and development of historic-philosophical methodology. He has managed to gather a whole group of younger specialists in the area and directed the activity of the group into the field of Classical studies. In 1997 the School undergoes a subdivision: one wing of the School pursues a clear analytic approach to history of philosophy, develops historic-philosophical methodology, studies ancient epistemology, and broadens the field of research by inclusion of the medieval philosophy (mainly Byzantine and Islamic), and does so in accordance with the principles of analytic philosophy. Another wing concentrates on Classical studies in the broad sense, including not only the research of ancient philosophy, but also of ancient science, art, and medicine, and combining it with extensive translation of ancient Greek sources into Russian. The School has established the “Center for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition” at the Novosibirsk State University with the mission of pursuing excellence in teaching Classics, of studying and translating ancient sources, and uniting scholars and teachers of Classics into one community. The School is responsible for producing and publishing a significant number of translated ancient sources, Classical research materials, monographs and textbooks. As the main means of coordinating its work the School conducts a seminar at the department of philosophy of the Institute, and publishes the journal “ΣΧΟΛΗ. Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition.” The School has established a vast domestic and international network of Classical scholars, including prominent visitors and collaborators from Athens, Dublin, Cambridge, Paris, Utrecht, Fribourg, and also from various universities in the USA.