Neoplatonic tendencies in Russian philosophy

Studies in East European Thought 62 (1):3 - 10 (2010)
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Janusz Dobieszewski
University of Warsaw
Abstract
The Absolute is a basic and fundamental issue for philosophy as such. I present different concepts of the Absolute (substantialism, energetism, escapism, methodologism). We can say that contemporary European philosophy “orphaned” the neo-Platonic tradition. Thereafter Russian philosophy developed in an intensive and turbulent as well as relatively uniform fashion, in view of the well-established Neo-Platonist context. This makes Russian philosophy not only part of a lasting universally acknowledged tradition; not only has Russian philosophy continued to develop currents of thought abandoned by modern European philosophiers, but it is also heir to a philosophical tradition of particular quality and value in the universal history of thought.
Keywords Neo-Platonism  Absolute  Unity  Mysticism  Russian philosophy  East–West
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DOI 10.1007/s11212-010-9103-1
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