The Religious Cosmists

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892945
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950577 | DOI:
The Religious Cosmists

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This chapter discusses four major religious thinkers and their relationship to Fedorov and Cosmism: Vladimir Solovyov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Sergei Bulgakov, and Pavel Florensky. Each of these thinkers has often been discussed without reference to Fedorov and Cosmism, but each did have a strong interest in Fedorov, and their works show Cosmist tendencies reflecting those interests. Solovyov emphasized universal resurrection, but as a spiritual rather than a scientific-technological task. Berdyaev emphasized a creative Christianity that would lead to a new man and a new society, again without Fedorov’s insistence on science and technology. Bulgakov essentially reenvisioned Fedorov’s “common task” as a task of active, “sophic” economism. And Florensky united science, religion, and art as a means first to reenvision and then remake the world.

Keywords: Vladimir Solovyov; Nikolai Berdyaev; Sergei Bulgakov; Pavel Florensky; sophiology; spiritual economy; creativity

Chapter.  22779 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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