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Nikolai Berdyaev

a.k.a. Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev

Author Code: RNAB

Born: Mar. 18, 1874 - Kiev, Ukraine

Died: Mar. 23, 1948 - Clamart, France

Educated at home until he was of college age, he then studied at Kiev University where he became involved with Marxism. This involvement eventually led to his arrest and dismissal from the university. He married in 1904 and moved to St. Petersburg where he took part in intellectual activities Having become disillusioned with radical Marxism, he concentrated on philosophy and Christian existentialism. Charged with blasphemy for an article he had written which criticized the Russian Orthodox Church in 1913, he escaped a lifelong exile by the outbreak of the First World War. Following the 1917 Revolution, Berdyaev became one of many non-Marxist thinkers in conflict with the philosophy of the state. In 1920, he joined Moscow University as a professor of philosophy, but was jailed later that year, accused of conspiring against the government. In 1922, he was released and expelled from Russia together with over a hundred other members of the intelligensia. After a short stay in Berlin, he moved to Paris in 1923 where he continued to live until his death. He was a prolific writer on philosophy, metaphysics, history, ethics and other fields and was the most frequently translated of all Russian 20th century philosophers, His works were not published in the Soviet Union until the 1980's. His works include The New Religious Consciousness and Society (1907), The Meaning of the Creative Act (1916), The Meaning of History (1923), Leontiev (1926), Freedom and the Spirit (1928), The Destiny of Man (1931), The Fate of Man in the Modern World (1934), The Origin of Russian Communism (1937), Slavery and Freedom (1939), Spirit and Reality (1946) and The Divine and the Human (1949 Posth.).

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RNAB001 The 'General Line' of Soviet Philosophy 1933 11 182k Article Download PDF - 'The 'General Line' of Soviet Philosophy' (RNAB001) Find a printed copy of The 'General Line' of Soviet Philosophy by Nikolai Berdyaev at AbeBooks
RNAB002 The Metamorphosis of Marxism 1934 7 159k Article Download PDF - 'The Metamorphosis of Marxism' (RNAB002) Find a printed copy of The Metamorphosis of Marxism by Nikolai Berdyaev at AbeBooks

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