Studies in East European Thought

, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 27–42 | Cite as

Theurgy revisited, or the harmony of cultural spheres

  • Vladimir L. MarchenkovEmail author


The paper argues that Nikolai Berdyaev’s doctrine of theurgy has remained relevant in today’s cultural-historical context because it highlights a continuing problem in the philosophy of art. The problem is the misunderstanding of the ludic nature of art, its role in the evolution of consciousness and transformation of reality. The author questions the idea that artistic play is deficient compared with religious expression. As a result of this critique, he proposes that the theurgic quest for a radically new form of creativity was misguided and that the true meaning of the aspiration behind it is the need to comprehend culture as a dialectically articulated integral system of the cultural forms that constitute it.


Art Play Religion Myth Ontology 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Interdisciplinary ArtsOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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