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A History of Russian Philosophy 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity

A History of Russian Philosophy 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity

by G. M. Hamburg, Randall A. Poole


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A History of Russian Philosophy 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity

The great age of Russian philosophy spans the century between 1830 and 1930 - from the famous Slavophile-Westernizer controversy of the 1830s and 1840s, through the "Silver Age" of Russian culture at the beginning of the twentieth century, to the formation of a Russian "philosophical emigration" in the wake of the Russian Revolution. This volume is a major new history and interpretation of Russian philosophy in this period. Eighteen chapters (plus a substantial introduction and afterword) discuss Russian philosophy's main figures, schools, and controversies, while simultaneously pursuing a common central theme: the development of a distinctive Russian tradition of philosophical humanism focused on the defense of human dignity. As this volume shows, the century-long debate over the meaning and grounds of human dignity, freedom, and the just society involved thinkers of all backgrounds and positions, transcending easy classification as "religious" or "secular." The debate still resonates strongly today.

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ISBN-13: 9780521884501
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2010
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

G. M. Hamburg is the Otho M. Behr Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College. He has written, translated and edited many books in Russian history, including Politics of the Russian Nobility, 1881–1905 (1984), Boris Chicherin and Early Russian Liberalism, 1828–1866 (1992), Liberty, Equality, and the Market: Selected Essays of Boris Chicherin (1998) and Russian-Muslim Confrontation in the Caucasus: Alternative Visions of the Conflict between Shamil and the Russians, 1830–1859 (2004, with J. Thomas Sanders and Ernest Tucker).

Randall A. Poole is Associate Professor of History at the College of St. Scholastica. He has translated and edited Problems of Idealism: Essays in Russian Social Philosophy (2003) and written numerous articles and book chapters in Russian intellectual history and philosophy.

Table of Contents

List of contributors xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The humanist tradition in Russian philosophy G.M. Hamburg Randall A. Poole 1

I The Nineteenth Century

1 Slavophiles, Westernizers, and the birth of Russian philosophical humanism Sergey Horujy Patrick Lally Michelson 27

2 Alexander Herzen Derek Offord 52

3 Materialism and the radical intelligentsia: the 1860s Victoria S. Frede 69

4 Russian ethical humanism: from populism to neo-idealism Thomas Nemeth 90

II Russian Metaphysical Idealism in Defense of Human Dignity

5 Boris Chicherin and human dignity in history G.M. Hamburg 111

6 Vladimir Solov'ëv's philosophical anthropology: autonomy, dignity, perfectibility Randall A. Poole 131

7 Russian Panpsychism: Kozlov, Lopatin, Losskii James P. Scanlan 150

III Humanity and Divinity in Russian Religious Philosophy after Solov'ëv

8 A Russian cosmodicy: Sergei Bulgakov's religious philosophy Paul Valliere 171

9 Pavel Florenskii's trinitarian humanism Steven Cassedy 190

10 Semën Frank's expressivist humanism Philip J. Swoboda 205

IV Freedom and Human Perfectibility in the Silver Age

11 Religious humanism in the Russian Silver Age Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal 227

12 Russian liberalism and the philosophy of law Frances Nethercott 248

13 Imagination and ideology in the new religious consciousness Robert Bird 266

14 Eschatology and hope in Silver Age thought Judith Deutsch Kornblatt 285

V Russian Philosophy in Revolution and Exile

15 Russian Marxism Andrzej Walicki 305

16 Adventures in dialectic and intuition: Shpet, Il'in, Losev Philip T. Grier 326

17 Nikolai Berdiaev and the philosophical tasks of the emigration Stuart Finkel 346

18 Eurasianism: affirming the person in an "era of faith" Martin Beisswenger 363

Afterword: On persons as open-ended ends-in-themselves (the view from two novelists and two critics) Caryl Emerson 381

Bibliography 391

Index 406

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