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The Russian Philosophical Context

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892945
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0003
The Russian Philosophical Context

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This chapter discusses Cosmism in relation to major previous trends in Russian philosophy. Traditionally, compared to the west, Russian philosophy has been more nearly a passion than an academic discipline. Characteristics include emphasis on the destiny of Russia, a search for totalitarian solutions to perennial problems, and a tendency to treat thought as a call for action. Thinkers discussed include Chaadaev, the Slavophiles and Westernizers, the Populists, and the Marxists. The Cosmist thinkers Fedorov and Solovyov drew upon and attempted to synthesize the major previous tendencies.

Keywords: Chaadaev; Slavophile; Westernizer; Sobornost; all-unity

Chapter.  2116 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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