Problems of Idealism: Essays in Russian Social Philosophy

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The appearance of Problems of Idealism in 1902 was a watershed in the vibrant cultural renaissance known as the Russian Silver Age. A collection of twelve essays by some of Russia's most important philosophical thinkers, the volume has become a classic in the history of Russian thought. Its exploration of the philosophical foundations of liberalism— personhood , autonomy, law, progress—represents the highest achievement in the rich Russian tradition of social thought. This translation brings the original anthology to English-language readers for the first time. In a comprehensive introduction, Randall Poole places the volume in its historical context and assesses its significance.

Author Biography: Randall A. Poole is assistant professor of social science and history in the College of General Studies at Boston University, where he is also a faculty fellow in the International History Institute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300095678
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2003
  • Series: Russian Literature and Thought Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the Text and Translation
Editor's Introduction: Philosophy and Politics in the Russian Liberation Movement 1
From the Moscow Psychological Society 79
Foreword to the Russian Edition 81
1 Basic Problems of the Theory of Progress 85
2 Toward Characterization of the Theory of Marx and Engels on the Significance of Ideas in History 124
3 Toward Characterization of Our Philosophical Development 143
4 The Ethical Problem in the Light of Philosophical Idealism 161
5 Friedrich Nietzsche and the Ethics of "Love of the Distant" 198
6 Philosophy and Life 242
7 What the History of Philosophy Teaches 258
8 Ethical Idealism in the Philosophy of Law 274
9 The "Russian Sociological School" and the Category of Possibility in the Solution of Social-Ethical Problems 325
10 The Basic Principles of Auguste Comte's Sociological Doctrine 356
11 Renan as Champion of Freedom of Thought 416
12 On the Question of Moral Creativity 422
Glossary of Names 437
Contributor Biographies 445
Index 457
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