Russian Philosophy - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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For various reasons Russian philosophy has been dominated, not to say oppressed, by pragmatic concerns. Realistic or utopian, philosophical thought in Russia is expected to be engaged. It is not an accident that Marxism, for which social practice is the criterion of theoretical truth, has had such a firm grip on the Russian polity. Even when Russian philosophy did reach the heights of speculation—as in the thought of Vladimir Solov'ëv (1853–1900)—it still bore the mark of "theurgic restlessness," in Vasilii Zen'kovskii's (1881–1962) words—that is, the desire to transfigure life. Still, when conditions were right, and sometimes despite harshly adverse conditions, Russian thinkers have achieved reflexive insights of uncommon depth.

Closely related to this is Russian philosophy's realist ontologism; that is, the tendency to value the reality of being over and above the truths of abstract understanding. Nikolai...

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