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Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829–1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task

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/9780199892945.003.0006
Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829–1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task

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The chapter begins with a brief summary of Fedorov’s thought, then focuses on Fedorov’s biography, including information not previously presented in English. Topics include the significance of his illegitimate birth and childhood in the Gagarin household, his education and role as a teacher in rural Russia, his work as a Moscow librarian at the Rumiantsev Museum, his eccentric, ascetic manner of life, his previously unsuspected love for a young woman, his influence on Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, and the presentation and reception of his work in Askhabad.

Keywords: Gagarin; Rumiantsev Museum; Fedorov’s eccentricities; Dostoevsky; Tolstoy; Askhabad

Chapter.  13035 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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