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Creativityeschatologyfreedom. He lived through the German occupation unmolested. KievKiev GovernorateRussian Empire. He read HegelSchopenhauerand Kant when he was only 14 and excelled at languages.

The Meaning of History

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Only then will its will to transfigure life give it the right to determine its histtory in the world. In her brilliant new opening essay, Banerjee says of Berdyaev “he was never more than a curious but unwelcome guest in history. With the removal of Communism as a ruling hitory in Russia, that nation returned to an elaboration of a religious philosophy of history as the specific mission jistory Russian thought.

Erick rated it it was amazing May 22, Berdyaev affirmed universal salvationas did many important Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. The Soviet authorities eventually expelled Berdyaev from Russia, in September His disaffection culminated, inwith the foundation of his own private academy, the “Free Academy of Spiritual Culture”.

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Nikolai’s mother, Alina Sergeevna Berdyaeva, was half-French and came from the top levels of both French and Russian nobility. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Berdyaev considered the philosophy of history as a field that laid the foundations of the Russian national consciousness.

Its sense of the apocalypse, which distinguishes Russian from Western thought, gives the book its specifically religious character. Lists with This Book.

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The Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev was one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. Wikipedia in English None.

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He became a Marxist and he was arrested in a student demonstration and expelled from the university. Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. After the debacle of the war, the moment arrived to integrate Russian historical experiences into those of a Europe, which, although torn by schism, still claimed to be the descendant of Christendom.

At twenty-five he was exiled from Kiev to the north of Russia and narrowly escaped a second period of exile shortly before the Revolution. The messianic idea of the Russian people assumed either an apocalyptic form or a revolutionary; and then there occurred an amazing event in the destiny of the Russian people.


The aftermath of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, along with Soviet interference, caused the Russian Orthodox emigre diaspora to splinter into three Russian Church jurisdictions: He also had Polish as well as Tatar origins.

The Meaning of History by Nikolai A. In order to grasp and oppose the complex phenomenon of social and cultural disintegration, Berdyaev shows that human beings must rely upon some internal dialectic. In particular, he wrote about Russian nationalism: This volume thus has contemporary significance. He fearlessly engaged it on the level of ideas while remaining alien to its means and ends, gifted with an incurable longing for transcendence.

His involvement in illegal activities led in to three years of internal exileVologda[6]: He also published works about Russian history and the Russian national character.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Living age Meridian books. In the same year, he was accused of participating in a conspiracy against the government; he was arrested and jailed.

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