Mikhail Yampolsky. Slavery: inclusive and exclusive

Hegel understood the relationship between the slave and the owner as the relationship of "radical  extraneity". Usually, a slave was a stranger, an excluded member of the community. However, in the Russian tradition the institution of slavery included the members of the community: Orthodox, ethnically Russians etc. 

The report is dedicated to this peculiarity of Russian slavery. It shows that the lack of radical difference between a slave and a non-slave does not allow the society to develop the process of genuine individualization, it hinders the development of their autonomy of a subject, of their identity, of their personality. One should perceive the serf as a stranger to see them finally as an autonomous person. Aimed inside, slavery eliminates the differentiation basis and creates the master–slave dialectic that makes the Russian civilization suffer so much.