The nice Russian thinker Nikolai Berdyaev set for himself the duty of showing to the western international the unique parts of Russian philosophy: its existential nature, eschatologism, spiritual anarchism, and preoccupation with the belief of Divine Humanity. within the current choice of essays (the first quantity of Berdyaev’s essays ever to seem in English translation), he makes an attempt to outline “the new non secular recognition” because it emerged in Russia within the first decade of the 20 th century. Berdyaev, like Merezhkovsky and Blok (among others), believed that the sunrise of the hot century might convey an finish to the outdated atheistic and positivistic world-view and the start of a brand new period of the spirit. the opposite essays deal with such figures as Tolstoy, Solovyov, Rozanov, Bely, Florensky, and Bulgakov--all of them giants of Russian non secular thought.
“Nikolai Berdyaev’s essays, like his longer works, are continuously insightful, penetrating, passionate, committed--expressions of the entire individual. they're as intensely alive now as after they have been first written. In them Berdyaev enters into real discussion together with his fellow thinkers from the good interval of Russian non secular philosophy. we're indebted to Boris Jakim for the distinction of either the choice and the translation.”--RICHARD PEVEAR, translator of War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov
“Nikolai Berdyaev controlled to play roles within the Russian non secular renaissance of the 20 th century. He was once a passionate player within the flow, but in addition one in all its astute critics. His genius in either roles is on complete demonstrate during this selection of essays assembled and wonderfully translated via Boris Jakim. Berdyaev’s pics of his friends supply us with a concise, colourful, and deep-thinking compendium of the entire major subject matters that occupied the Russian non secular thinkers of his generation--the final iteration to return of age in Russia ahead of the Revolution of 1917. With the centennial of that groovy upheaval to hand, we will see extra essentially than ever the relevance of revisiting religious-philosophical debates which, faraway from being over, preserve their freshness as autos for considering not only concerning the way forward for Russia yet concerning the religious demanding situations dealing with the trendy world.”--PAUL VALLIER, writer of Modern Russian Theology: Bukharev, Soloviev, Bulgakov
“Nikolai Berdyaev, the existentialist Russian thinker of freedom and creativity, during this number of chosen essays on key figures consultant of Russia’s Silver Age, is unabashed in either his compliment and feedback of them. Lyrical is his kind, his analyses aren't any much less cogent and slicing every now and then. The translator, Boris Jakim, has taken cautious pains in his attempt to deliver out the simplest in Berdyaev’s literary and social feedback as he discusses the idea of such notables as Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Lev Tolstoy, Vladimir Solovyov, Vasily Rozanov, Lev Shestov, Alexander Blok, Pavel Florensky, and Sergius Bulgakov, besides a penetrating essay on theosophy and anthroposophy in Russia.”--ROBERT F. SLESINSKI, writer of Pavel Florensky: A Metaphysics of Love