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Author Chamberlain, Lesley.

Title Motherland : a philosophical history of Russia / Lesley Chamberlain.

Imprint London : Atlantic Books, 2004.


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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  197 C355m 2004    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xvii, 331 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-316) and index.
Summary "This book, by the author of Nietzsche in Turin, offers a unique interpretation of Russian history and thought." "Lesley Chamberlain, novelist, traveller and historian of ideas, has been pondering the enigma of Russia for over thirty years. She finds that during the last two centuries Russian intellectuals have asked two fundamental questions: 'what makes a good man?' and 'what is the right way to live?'" "In their attempts to answer these questions, Chamberlain shows how these thinkers neglected the role of the individual, prioritizing instead the need to end injustice and autocracy. It was not until the eve of the revolution of 1917 that Russian philosophers came to grips with individualism, only for this endeavour to be fragmented and forced underground by the totalitarian century that followed. The end of Communism and the rediscovery of that semi-concealed world have allowed us to see a continuous Russian philosophical tradition far removed from the crude version of Western reason introduced by Lenin. The deeper Russian tradition with its affinities to poetry and theology emerges in radical ideas about ethics and knowledge." "Motherland is an introduction to the key Russian thinkers and a journey in the history of ideas from a highly original writer. By examining Russian thought over the past two centuries, Lesley Chamberlain has produced a radical new interpretation of Russian intellectual history."--Jacket.
Contents 1. The men of the 1820s -- 2. The beautiful souls -- 3. The new men -- 4. The Populists -- 5. The impact of Marx -- 6. The silver age -- 7. The moral map -- 8. Rejecting the view from Descartes -- 9. The contest of good and evil -- 10. Lenin and the view from no one -- 11. How the long tradition survived -- 12. On the edge of reason -- A comparative chronology of Russian and Western philosophers.
Subject Philosophy, Russian -- History.
Russia -- History -- 1801-1917.
Russia -- Intellectual life -- 1801-1917.
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Philosophy, Russian. (OCoLC)fst01061103
Russia. (OCoLC)fst01207312
Chronological Term 1801-1917
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Philosophical history of Russia
ISBN 1843542854
Standard No. 9781843542858

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