This book is an inquiry into the nature, genealogy, and evolution of the religious-philosophical concept of Sophia as formulated by four key figures in 19th and 20th century Russian thought: Vladimir Solov'ev, Sergei Bulgarov, Nikolai Losskii and Nikolai Berdiaev. Following an analysis of the historical antecedents and roots of sophiology, consideration is given to the pioneering religious philosophy Solov'ev and his invention of the Sophia (Divine Wisdom). This is followed by an appraisal of the impact of sophiology on modern Russian theological and philosophical discourse, the former demonstrated in the views of Fr. Bulgakov, the latter in the thought of Losskii. Finally, attention is given to the aesthetic implications of the concept of Sophia as they are brought out in Berdiaev's understandings of the philosophy of beauty.
Mikhail Sergeev is Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Foreword by Paul Valliere; Acknowledgements; Part I; Introduction; Historical Background; Beginning of Russian Sophiology; Part II; Sophia in Theology; Sophia in Philosophical Discourse; Sophia as the Disclosure of Creativity; Conclusions; Bibliography; Appendix; Index.