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

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

by V. S. Soloviev, Vladimir Wozniuk (Editor)
 

“Vladimir Wozniuk’s translation and edition of Vladimir Soloviev’s work is a major contribution in Russian thought and theology. What is particularly impressive about this collection is the thoughtfulness with which it is put together.” —Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

Vladimir S. Soloviev (1853-1900), moral

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“Vladimir Wozniuk’s translation and edition of Vladimir Soloviev’s work is a major contribution in Russian thought and theology. What is particularly impressive about this collection is the thoughtfulness with which it is put together.” —Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

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.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review

“This collection . . . provides a good introduction to the thinker Berdyaev called Russia’s greatest philosopher. . . . The central essays of this collection focus on beauty in nature, on the meaning of both beauty and of love, and an approach to aesthetics.” —Religious Studies Review
Review of Metaphysics

“The present anthology is right on target in emphasizing that the centrality of aesthetics and its close interconnection with religion were arguably Soloviev's most substantial contribution to philosophy and theology . . . The Wozniuk volume . . . is a meritorious increase of our awareness of this significant thinker.” —The Review of Metaphysics
Slavonic & East European Review

“. . .Illuminating . . . and immensely informative. . . .” —Slavonic & East European Review
Choice

“. . . Excellently translated. . . . [and] featuring a useful introduction, endnotes, and index. . .”. —Choice
Ars Disputandi

“One of the strengths of The Heart of Reality remains Wozniuk’s Introduction, which contextualizes Soloviev’s writings on aesthetics for the general reader by summarizing the overarching characteristics of Soloviev’s ambitious philosophical, religious, and social project: his commitment to the process he termed all-unity. Wozniuk’s translations of the Russian essays are carefully crafted, paying attention to the nuances of the original and manifesting an awareness of the pitfalls of decoding the linguistic structures of one language and representing them in another. As a result of this attention to detail and awareness of the issues involved in translation, both the poetic and non-poetic aspects of the translation emerge as elegant and readable. Wozniuk’s translation of Soloviev’s essays on beauty, love, and ethics makes a noteworthy contribution to the body of available English translations of Russian religious philosophy and aesthetics. . .”. —Ars Disputandi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268030612
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir Wozniuk is professor of government at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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