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The Early Solov’ëv and His Quest for Metaphysics

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This volume critically examines the early works of Russian philosopher Vladimir Solov’ëv up to 1881. It explores his contributions to philosophy against the background of German Idealism, including Schopenhauer, and the positivism of his day.

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Titel: The Early Solov’ëv and His Quest for Metaphysics
Autoren/Herausgeber: Thomas Nemeth
Aus der Reihe: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Ausgabe: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014

ISBN/EAN: 9783319377490

Seitenzahl: 261
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 444 g
Sprache: Englisch

The author of numerous articles on 19th and 20th century Russian philosophy, Thomas Nemeth has also contributed entries on Russian philosophy to philosophical encyclopedias and translated into English Gustav Shpet’s 1914 treatise Appearance and Sense, which introduced Husserl’s phenomenology to a Russian audience. His translation into English of Gustav Shpet’s 1914 treatise Appearance and Sense in the Phaenomenologica series remains the only complete English translation of any of Shpet’s books. His Gramsci’s Philosophy: A Critical Study contrasted the Italian Marxist’s historicism against Crocean idealism and Husserlian phenomenology. After obtaining his PhD in philosophy from the University of Louvain, Nemeth held post-doctoral fellowships in Germany and Australia.

This volume offers a critical examination of the early works of Vladimir Solov’ëv, Russia’s most famous and systematic philosopher. It presents a philosophical critique of his early writings up to 1881 from an immanent viewpoint and examines Solov’ëv’s intended contributions to philosophy against the background of German Idealism, including Schopenhauer, and the positivism of his day. Examining contemporary reactions to his writings by leading figures of his day, such as Chicherin and Kavelin, The Early Solov’ëv and His Quest for Metaphysics reveals the small but vibrant philosophical community in Russia during the immediate decades before the Bolshevik Revolution. It provides a detailed discussion of Solov’ëv’s confrontation with his philosophical opponents and shows how his emphasis on developing a metaphysical ontology rather than epistemology exerted a virtual paradigmatic influence on Russian philosophy for years to come. This volume also sets Solov’ëv’s writings against a detailed intellectual biography of these early years, drawing on letters to friends and relatives including reminiscences, and challenges many of the received claims concerning his actions and positions, particularly his alleged youthful mystical visions. In addition, the book features two appendices: one that sketches the early Russian reception of French positivism against which Solov’ëv reacted in the name of metaphysics and another that presents a fascinating look at the Solov’ëv family background, which produced at once intellectual as well as dysfunctional members. Presenting a rare picture of the non-Marxist intellectual scene in 19th century Russia, The Early Solov’ëv and His Quest for Metaphysics will be of interest to graduate students and researchers looking for a philosophically informed approach to this unique thinker and era.

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