Different concepts of personality: Nikolaj Berdjaev and Sergej Bulgakov [Book Review]

Studies in East European Thought 64 (3-4):183-204 (2012)
The main concern of both Berdjaev's and Bulgakov's philosophical strivings consists in developing a concept of the person as the foundation of human dignity and creativity within a Christian world view. Once attracted by Marxism with its emphasis on human dignity and social justice, they started to struggle against Marxism's atheist materialism because of its lack of a concept of person. However, the same concern will lead both thinkers down very different paths with different consequences. This paper argues that, even though Berdjaev has become famous as a philosopher of the person and a herald of creative ethics, Bulgakov developed a more solid Christian justification of the same claims. Both systems are presented by means of comparing some crucial notions within their concepts of personality—potentiality, trinity and autonomy
Keywords Personality  Autonomy  Godmanhood  Creativity  Trinity  Sergej Bulgakov  Nikolaj Berdjaev  Potentiality  Sophiology  Human Dignity  Kant  Feuerbach  Solov’ëv  Jacob Boehme  Ungrund  Meontology
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DOI 10.1007/s11212-012-9168-0
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