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Death and Legacy

  • Thomas Nemeth
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Abstract

Solov’ëv’s health deteriorated rapidly in the summer of 1900, and his premature death surprised his friends. The many obituaries in the press that stemmed from extra-philosophical communities were full of praise for the departed. Of particular interest was the attention that came from the Symbolist community, which, now recognizing the notoriety accorded Solov’ëv, sought to assimilate key elements of his thought, shorn of any rational underpinning. Russia’s philosophical community failed to rise and defend the Enlightenment commitment to reason. Instead, many of its members yielded to a robust nationalism and along with it saw in Solov’ëv a figure who had expressed a distinctively Russian outlook that departed from Western models. The political environment that ensued for decades, in effect, insured that rational criticism of Solov’ëv’s philosophy would be sidelined, letting the image of Solov’ëv, as a pioneering, religious mystic, go unchallenged.

Keywords

Posthumous assessments Merezhkovskij Symbolists Theosophical movement Struve Bulgakov Lopatin 

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  • Thomas Nemeth
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  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

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