"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Russian Thought from the Enlightenment

Augustine Casiday drew to my attention this recent hefty volume, remarking that he finds it very odd that the works of Andrzej Walicki have not garnered greater attention. I confess that I am not familiar with him at all, but Augustine (whom I have interviewed here and here about several of his recent landmark publications) has read all kinds of wonderful sources and is always generously lessening my ignorance about many things, including: Andrzej Walicki, The Flow of Ideas: Russian Thought from the Enlightenment to the Religious-Philosophical Renaissance, Hilda Andrews-Rusiecka and Jolanta Kozak trans. (Peter Lang, 2015), 876pp.

About this book we are told:
This history of Russian thought was first published in Polish in 1973 and subsequently appeared 2005 in a revised and expanded publication. The current volume begins with Enlightenment thought and Westernization in Russia in the 17th century and moves to the religious-philosophical renaissance of first decade of the 20th century. This book provides readers with an exhaustive account of relationships between various Russian thinkers with an examination of how those thinkers relate to a number of figures and trends in Western philosophy and in the broader history of ideas.

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