This book offers an original look at the developing quest for self-realization that inspired the Russian Cultural Renaissance at the turn of the twentieth century, also called the Silver Age, from its origins in Vladimir Solov'ev's theory of Divine Humanity to its present day manifestations. This work should appeal to scholars interested in Russian Orthodoxy, Russian philosophy, contemporary philosophy, and religious studies. This book traces the quest for self-realization that inspired the Russian Cultural Renaissance at the turn of the twentieth century, also called the Silver Age, from its fin-de-siecle inception until the present day. Following the historical periods under consideration, the study breaks into three parts: the first is concerned with the quest for transcendence in Vladimir Solov'ev's theory of Divine Humanity; the second considers the way in which Solov'ev's Silver Age philosophical and poetic followers utilized and developed his ideas about self-realization; finally, the third considers contemporary discussions regarding the possibility of transcendence and self-realization.
This book goes beyond mere historical-philosophical curiosity: it is an attempt to understand the idea of self-realization in a global context.
Dr. Tatjana Kochetkova is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Utrecht University for Humanist Studies. She has earned doctorates from both Nijmegen University and Kiev National University. Dr. Kochetkova's philosophical career started with an in-depth exploration of the Russian fin-de-siecle personalism. She is the author of a series of articles ranging from the phenomenology of the unconscious to the psychological effects of nature.
Acknowledgements; A List of Illustrations; A Note on the Transliteration of Russian Names; Preface by Evert van der Zweerde; Introduction; I. The Beginnings of Self-Transcendence in Russia: Vladimir Solov'ev's Divine Humanity; 1. The Historical Roots of Divine Humanity in the Russian Silver Age; 2. Divine Humanity and Philosophy of Love; 3. Sophia: The Ontological Side of Divine Humanity; 4. Divine Humanity and the End of History; II. Self-Realization in the Silver Age: Solov'ev's Followers; 5. Nikolaj Berdaev and the Meaning of Creative Action; 6. Semen Frank's Existential Ontology; 7. Self-Realization in the Silver Age Poetry; III. Spiritual Quest Today; 8. Self-Realization after the Silver Age; 9. Contemporary Self-Realization: Attempts at a Paradigm Shift Conclusion - The Quest for Self-Realization: Mirage or Project?; Bibliography; Index.