The Russian Idea

Nikolai Berdyaev

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A moving examination of Russia's philosophical, mystical and religious history.

Format:
hardback
Size:
230 x 160 mm
Publisher:
Lindisfarne Books
Subject:
Religion & Spirituality
Extent:
288 pages
ISBN:
9780940262546
Publication date:
01 Jan 1992

Description

In this remarkable, moving book, which may be the most powerful expression of the country's mystical roots in print, Berdyaev is not so interested in the empirical details of Russian history as he is in 'the thought of the Creator about Russia.'

The Russian idea is thus a mystical one. Religion and philosophy, not economics or politics, determine history and society. Berdyaev takes up the story in the nineteenth century. He traces the lineage of powerful artists and thinkers (Chaadev, Khomyakov, Kireevsky, Leontyev, Aksakov, Hertzen, Bakunin) who struggled to integrate the polarities of East and West, spirit and matter, male and female in the Russian soul. Demanding all or nothing, alternatively apocalyptic and nihilistic, these Russians strove to justify culture and discover Russia's mystical mission.

Reviews

"Imperative reading for persons interested in Russian culture."
-- Alexander Vucinic

"No one wishing to understand Russian thought should overlook it."
-- Donald A. Lowrie

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