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What the God-seekers found in Nietzsche : the reception of Neitzche's Übermensch by the philosophers of the Russian religious renaissance

Author: Nel Grillaert
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2008.
Series: Studies in Slavic literature and poetics, v. 50.
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At the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, a large and varied group of the Russian intelligentsia became fascinated by Friedrich Nietzsche, whose provocative ideas inspired many of them to overcome obsolete traditions and to create new values. Paradoxically, the German philosopher, who vigorously challenged the established Christian worldview, invigorated the rich ferment of religious  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Grillaert, Nel.
What the God-seekers found in Nietzsche.
Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2008
(OCoLC)262509449
Named Person: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov; Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky; Nikolaĭ Berdi︠a︡ev; Nikolaĭ Berdi︠a︡ev; Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nel Grillaert
ISBN: 9781435695351 1435695356 9042024801 9789042024809
OCLC Number: 303579293
Description: 1 online resource (282 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
The Russian discovery of Nietzsche --
Dostoevskii's philosophical anthropology --
"Isn't the unfortunate Nietzsche right?" : Vladimir Solovʹëv's response to Nietzsche --
"Only the word order has changed" : bogochelovek and chelovekobog --
Supplementing Christ : Dmitrii Merezhkovskii's use of Nietzsche's Übermensch --
Free from God, free within God : Nikolai Berdiaev's use of Nietzsche's Übermensch --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies in Slavic literature and poetics, v. 50.
Responsibility: Nel Grillaert.

Abstract:

At the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, a large and varied group of the Russian intelligentsia became fascinated by Friedrich Nietzsche, whose provocative ideas inspired many of them to overcome obsolete traditions and to create new values. Paradoxically, the German philosopher, who vigorously challenged the established Christian worldview, invigorated the rich ferment of religious philosophy in the Russian Silver Age: his ideas served as a fruitful source of inspiration for the philosophers of the Russian religious renaissance, the so-called God-seekers, in their quest for a new religious consciousness. Especially Nietzsche¿s anthropology of the Übermensch was instrumental in their reformulation of Christianity. This book explores how three pivotal figures in the Russian religious reception of Nietzsche, i.e. Vladimir Solov¿ëv, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii and Nikolai Berdiaev, engaged in a vacillating yet highly prolific debate with Nietzsche and how each of them appropriated his anthropology of the Übermensch in their religious philosophy. In order to explain Merezhkovskii¿s and Berdiaev¿s assessment of Nietzsche, the author highlights the significance of Dostoevskii: only by reading Nietzsche through the prism of Dostoevskii could both God-seekers pin down the religious ramifications of Nietzsche¿s thought. This book will be of interest to anyone fascinated by Nietzsche, Dostoevskii, Russian religious philosophy, Russian history of ideas and reception studies. Nel Grillaert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation ¿ Flanders (FWO) and is affiliated with Ghent University, Belgium. She has published several articles on the Russian religious reading of Nietzsche and on religious motives in the works of Dostoevskii.

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"... a very useful contribution to Russian intellectual history." in: Slavic and East European Journal 54.1, Spring 2010

 
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