Who is Salahaddin Khalilov?June 26, 2021
Salahaddin Khalilov – Azerbaijani philosopher.
Salahaddin Khalilov was born on February 22, 1952, in Sarvan (Marneuli) district of Borchali province, which is now within the borders of Georgia. He graduated from high school with the first place in 1968 and graduated from the physics faculty of Azerbaijan State University, which he won in the same year, in 1973 with the first place. Although he was appointed as a research assistant in the physics department, Halilov continued his doctoral studies in philosophy.
In 1976, he defended his doctoral thesis named System-Structural Analysis of Scientific-Technological Progress and became Dr. He received the title of (Ph.D.). After completing his associate professorship, in 1989 he successfully defended his thesis named Logical-Epistemological Analysis of Scientific-Technological Progress. In the same year, he received the title of professor and was appointed Head of the Philosophy Department at Azerbaijan Pedagogical University. In 1991, he established the Azerbaijan University, the first private university in Azerbaijan, and served as the rector of the aforementioned university until 2006. He established the Center for East-West Studies in 1994 and is still the head of this center. prof. Khalilov founded the international scientific social-political journal “Silk Road” in 1997 and served as its editor-in-chief until 2005. In 2002, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Azerbaijan Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences Union. Since 2003, he has been the editor-in-chief of the journal “Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences”. Since 2006, he has been serving as a member of the Executive Board of the High Certification Commission of Theses under the Presidency of the Republic of Azerbaijan. prof. Khalilov was elected a member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in 2007. In 2009, he started to work as the head of the Thesis Monitoring Committee in the branches of Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology.
prof. Khalilov’s research focused on philosophy of science, science about science, epistemology, ontology, Eastern and Western civilizations, philosophical comparison and phenomenology.
prof. Khalilov established the first Young Physicists School in Azerbaijan in 1972. In 1981, he was elected as the head of Young Scientists at the Azerbaijan Pedagogical University. In 1988, he was elected as the chairman of Azerbaijan Young Sociological Scientists. Since 1997, he is the chairman of the Behmenyar Prize Commission (the institution that rewards works on philosophy in Azerbaijan).
prof. In 2000-2005, Khalilov served as the deputy of the Azerbaijani Parliament and the deputy chairman of the Parliament’s “Science and Education” commission.
Awards and Memberships in International Scientific Institutions
USSR Knowledge Society Award, 1987
Yusif Mammadeliyev Science Award, 1992
Azerbaijan representative of the International Council of Rectors, 1996
Member of the Russian Academy of Ecology, 1997
Membership of the European Higher Education Community, 2000
Member of the US Philosophical Association, 2000
Member of the International Husserl and Phenomenology Research Society, 2004
Member of the US Political Science Association, 2009
Member of Muhiyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, 2009
Member of the European Philosophy of Science Association, 2009
Member of the International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2010
Member of the Russian Philosophical Society, 2010
Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2010
Selahaddin Khalilov is of the opinion that although thoughts and civilizations seem to be developing in different directions, they are ultimately united in the same great idea of unity. More precisely, he believes that this “idea of unity” is the power that turns the wheel of history. In this context, Khalilov says, “Even though the nations are different, the customs, religions and languages are different, the way of the great idea is one and it is covered by the combined efforts of all the great minds of humanity.” Arguing that humanity is shaped in the orbit of this universal idea, Halilov gives place to the reflections of this great “idea of unity” in the East and West, and in this sense, he compares the peaks of the East and the West. In this work, the author compares the philosophical systems of philosophers such as “Kant and Suhreverdi”, “Hegel and Suhreverdi” and “Ibn Sina-Suhreverdi-Galile-Descartes” with a surprising ease and stylistic agility, “Goethe and Akhundov” or Goethe’s Faust. He compares u with Hüseyin Cavit’s Iblis. Moreover, despite all their differences, two thinkers such as Fuzuli and Feuerbach, who seem to be completely opposite to each other, can be placed in the same orbit of “unity idea”. To tell the truth, here lies the secret of Khalilov’s success. As a matter of fact, he clearly reveals that thinkers like Fuzuli and Feurbach, one of whom is religious and the other atheist, and who are fed by the values of thought of two different religions and cultures, come together in a common idea, the “idea of unity” after a point. In this context, as if to fight our prejudices, Khalilov compares these two great thinkers as follows:
While he was critical of Christianity, he brought the love of Christianity to man into the context of the concrete social environment. Fuerbach was opposed to placing love within the framework of religious devotion. in his opinion