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The Later Solov’ëv

Philosophy in Imperial Russia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 1-13
  3. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 15-44
  4. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 45-71
  5. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 73-95
  6. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 125-149
  7. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 179-201
  8. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 203-226
  9. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 227-251
  10. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 253-280
  11. Thomas Nemeth
    Pages 281-298
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 299-317

About this book


This volume offers a critical examination of the later philosophical views of Vladimir Solov’ëv, arguably Russia’s most famous and most systematic philosopher. It offers a philosophically informed approach to this pivotal figure and to his era. Inside, readers will discover a detailed portrait of the often overlooked evolution of the philosopher’s views during the final two decades of his life. The author explores Solov’ëv’s still evolving aesthetic philosophy and his entry into the lively Russian discussion of free will. The work then turns to the philosopher’s mature statements on many figures from within the history of philosophy. This includes Kant and Hegel. Next, readers will learn about his disagreements with several contemporaries as well as contemporaneous movements. These include positivism and materialism. In addition, the coverage includes an elucidation and examination of Solov’ëv’s final expression of his ethical philosophy as set forth in his major ethical treatise Justification of the Moral Good.

The overall picture that emerges is of a much more vibrant and heated philosophical community than typically portrayed in Western secondary literature. The book ends with a reflection on the rise of Solov’ëv as a religious mystic at the expense of a critical evaluation of his thought.


19th Century Metaphysics Critiques of German Idealism Contemporaneous Movements History of Philosophy Morality in History, Theory, and Practice Morality in Law, Economics, and War Philosophical Aesthetics Primacy of Ontology over Epistemology Religious Thinkers Russian Philosophy Russian Idealism Russian Intellectual History Russian Silver Age Solov’ëv Solovyov

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

About the authors

The author of numerous publications on Russian philosophy, Thomas Nemeth has also translated Shpet’s 1914 treatise Appearance and Sense, Solov’ëv ’s Justification of the Moral Good, and Shpet’s Hermeneutics and Its Problems. He has also authored the comprehensive study Kant in Imperial Russia and published numerous articles on Russian and Italian philosophy. 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 and was recently a Writer-in-Residence at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

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