I. A. Il’in (1883–1954) was born in Moscow and educated in the Faculty of Law of Moscow
University. He served as head of the Psychological Society of Moscow from 1920 to 1922, when the society was disbanded and he, along with many other “irreconcilable” anti-Bolshevik intellectuals, were arrested, condemned to execution, and then forcibly exiled. He taught at the Russian Academic Institute in Berlin until forced out by the Nazis in 1934. Il’in escaped to Switzerland in 1938, where he resided until his death in 1954.
Philip T. Grier is Thomas Bowman Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennyslvania, and the editor, most recently, of Identity and Difference: Studies in Hegel’s Logic, Philosophy of Spirit, and Politics (2007). He is a past president of the Hegel Society of America.