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Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia illuminates the significant role of Russian Orthodox thought in shaping the discourse of educated society during the imperial and early Soviet periods. Bringing together an array of scholars, this book demonstrates that Orthodox reflections on spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic issues of the day informed much of Russias intellectual and cultural climate.

            Volume editors Patrick Lally Michelson and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt provide a historical overview of Russian Orthodox thought and a critical essay on the current state of scholarship about religious thought in modern Russia. The contributors explore a wide range of topics, including Orthodox claims to a unique religious Enlightenment, contests over authority within the Russian Church, tensions between faith and reason in academic Orthodoxy, the relationship between sacraments and the self, the religious foundations of philosophical and legal categories, and the effect of Orthodox categories in the formation of Russian literature.

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This collection of essays on Russian religious thought focuses on the extent to which Russian culture and ideology has been informed by the nations roots in Orthodox Christianity.

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As Russia entered the modern age in the nineteenth century, many Russian intellectuals combined the study of European philosophy with a return to their own traditions, culminating in the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and in the religious philosophy of their younger contemporary, Vladimir Soloviev. This book explores central issues of modern Russian religious thought by focusing on the work of Soloviev and three religious philosophers who further developed his ideas in the early twentieth century: P. A. Florensky, Sergei Bulgakov, and S. L. Frank. The essays place these thinkers in the contexts of both Western philosophy and Eastern Orthodoxy, presenting a substantially new perspective on Russian religious thought.

    The work of these four philosophers, this volume demonstrates, influenced virtually all aspects of twentieth-century Russian culture, and indeed, many aspects of Soviet culture as well, but also represents a rich philosophical tradition devoted to issues of divinity, community, and humanity that transcend national boundaries and historical eras.

    Included in Russian Religious Thought is an introduction, brief biographical information on Soloviev, Florensky, Bulgakov, and Frank, and an Afterword by scholar James Scanlan, who elaborates on the volume’s aim to provide a thoughtful corrective, both to unexamined assumptions of past scholarship and to nationalist readings currently popular in post-Soviet Russia.

    "Russian religious philosophy, banned under the Soviets, has been marginalized in the Western academy as well. This interdisciplinary volume helps explain why this body of thought has remained for so long at the center of Russian culture."—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

About the Author

Patrick Lally Michelson is an assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt is professor emerita of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Table of Contents

Preface                                               

Introduction               

            Patrick Lally Michelson and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt

 

Part I Thinking Orthodox in the Church

1 Orthodoxy and Enlightenment in Catherinian Russia: The Tsarevich Dimitrii Sermons of Metropolitan Platon             

            Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter

2 Theology on the Ground: Dmitrii Bogoliubov, the Orthodox Anti-Sectarian Mission, and the Russian Soul                  

            Heather J. Coleman

3 Archbishop Nikon (Rozhdestvenskii) and Pavel Florenskii on Spiritual Experience, Theology, and the Name Glorifiers Dispute                     

            Scott M. Kenworthy

 

Part II Thinking Orthodox in the Academy

4 V. D. Kudriavtsev-Platonov and the Making of Russian Orthodox Theism                      

            Sean Gillen

5 The Struggle for the Sacred: Russian Orthodox Thinking about Miracles in a Modern Age                      

            Vera Shevzov

6 "The Light of the Truth": Russia's Two Enlightenments, with Reference to Pavel Florenskii                  

            Ruth Coates

 

Part III Thinking Orthodox in Society and Culture

7 Written Confession and Religious Thought in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia             

            Nadieszda Kizenko

8 Anagogical Exegesis: The Theological Roots of Russian Hermeneutics                 

            Oliver Smith

9 Kant and the Kingdom of Ends in Russian Religious Thought (Vladimir Solov'ev)                       

            Randall A. Poole

10 Religious Thought and Russian Liberal Institutions: The Case of Pavel Novgorodtsev              

            Vanessa Rampton

11 What Is Beauty?: Pasternak's Adaptations of Russian Religious Thought                      

            Martha M. F. Kelly

 

Afterword                              

            Paul Valliere

Contributors                          

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299298944
Author:
Michelson, Patrick Lally
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Kornblatt, Judith Deutsch
Author:
Gustafson, Richard F.
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Religious
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies of the Harriman Institute
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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Religion » Christianity » Eastern Orthodoxy
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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This collection of essays on Russian religious thought focuses on the extent to which Russian culture and ideology has been informed by the nations roots in Orthodox Christianity.

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As Russia entered the modern age in the nineteenth century, many Russian intellectuals combined the study of European philosophy with a return to their own traditions, culminating in the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and in the religious philosophy of their younger contemporary, Vladimir Soloviev. This book explores central issues of modern Russian religious thought by focusing on the work of Soloviev and three religious philosophers who further developed his ideas in the early twentieth century: P. A. Florensky, Sergei Bulgakov, and S. L. Frank. The essays place these thinkers in the contexts of both Western philosophy and Eastern Orthodoxy, presenting a substantially new perspective on Russian religious thought.

    The work of these four philosophers, this volume demonstrates, influenced virtually all aspects of twentieth-century Russian culture, and indeed, many aspects of Soviet culture as well, but also represents a rich philosophical tradition devoted to issues of divinity, community, and humanity that transcend national boundaries and historical eras.

    Included in Russian Religious Thought is an introduction, brief biographical information on Soloviev, Florensky, Bulgakov, and Frank, and an Afterword by scholar James Scanlan, who elaborates on the volume’s aim to provide a thoughtful corrective, both to unexamined assumptions of past scholarship and to nationalist readings currently popular in post-Soviet Russia.

    "Russian religious philosophy, banned under the Soviets, has been marginalized in the Western academy as well. This interdisciplinary volume helps explain why this body of thought has remained for so long at the center of Russian culture."—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

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