The Heart of Reality: Essays on Beauty, Love, and Ethics by V.S. Soloviev

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Vladimir S. Soloviev (1853-1900), moral philosopher, social and literary critic, theologian, and poet, is considered one of Russia's greatest philosophers. But Soloviev is relatively unknown in the West, despite his close association with Fyodor Dostoevsky, who modeled one of his most famous literary characters, Alyosha Karamazov, on Soloviev. In The Heart of Reality, Vladimir Wozniuk offers a lucid translation, careful annotations, and a substantive introduction that make many of Soloviev's writings accessible ...
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Overview

Vladimir S. Soloviev (1853-1900), moral philosopher, social and literary critic, theologian, and poet, is considered one of Russia's greatest philosophers. But Soloviev is relatively unknown in the West, despite his close association with Fyodor Dostoevsky, who modeled one of his most famous literary characters, Alyosha Karamazov, on Soloviev. In The Heart of Reality, Vladimir Wozniuk offers a lucid translation, careful annotations, and a substantive introduction that make many of Soloviev's writings accessible for the first time to an English-speaking audience. Soloviev worked tirelessly in the name of the mystical body of the Universal Church. The vast bulk of his writings can be construed as promoting, in one way or another, the cause of ecumenism. His essays also display the influence of Platonic and German Idealism and strands of Thomistic thinking. Wozniuk demonstrates the consistency of Soloviev's biblically-based thought on the subjects of aesthetics, love, and ethics, while at the same time clarifying Soloviev's concept of vseedinstvo (the unity of spiritual and material), especially as applied to literature. Containing many previously untranslated essays, The Heart of Reality situates Soloviev more clearly in the mainstream of Western religious philosophy and Christian thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268030612
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,443,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Three Addresses in Memory of Dostoevsky 1
2 Beauty in Nature 29
3 The Universal Meaning of Art 67
4 The Meaning of Love 83
5 A First Step toward a Positive Aesthetic 135
6 The Fate of Pushkin 145
7 Mickiewicz 171
8 Lermontov 179
App. A A Note in Defense of Dostoevsky against the Charge of a "New" Christianity 199
App. B The Russian Symbolists 205
Supplemental List of Soloviev's Relevant Writings 219
Notes 221
General Index 239
Index of Biblical References 243
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