• Thomas Nemeth


Here at the outset, we review Solov’ëv’s early works together with, in particular, his concept of the all-unity, which he developed therein. Whereas a religious, if not mystical, interpretation of it is natural – and Solov’ëv so understood it himself – he accorded a distinct role to philosophy as a rational activity capable of grasping this concept and devoted his early years to its rational elaboration. His career disappointments in pursuit of a professorship in philosophy, however, led him to seek a different path to the dissemination of his religio-philosophical message. This introductory chapter also outlines the philosophical course Solov’ëv would follow until his premature death.


Young Solov’ëv Truly existent All-unity Kant Kingdom of God Vladislavlev Philosophy of history 


Works by Vladimir S. Solov’ëv in Russian and in English Translation Used in the Present Volume

  1. Solov’ëv, Vladimir. 1990. Stikhotvorenija. Estetika. Literaturnaja kritika. Moscow: Kniga, 574pp.Google Scholar
  2. Solovyov, Vladimir. 1996. The crisis of Western philosophy: Against the positivists. Trans. Boris Jakim. Hudson: Lindesfarne Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Nemeth
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  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

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