Is Russian Philosophy a Philosophy of the Other to the West?

  • Olga Vishnyakova North Seattle Community College (USA)


The paper articulates ideas of Nikolai Berdyaev expressed in his book The Russian Idea and wonders if it is the case that, “The fate of the philosopher in Russia is painful and tragic”. If we think of Socrates, for example, his death was painful and in the end tragic. So, how is it the fate of the philosopher in Russia different from other philosophical traditions? Maybe the answer is that we can grasp Russian philosophy's otherness only by non-intellectual and non-theoretical rationality, which is not rooted in the mind but in the heart. As one of the Russian poets, Fyodor Tyutchev said, “Russia is not to be understood by intellectual processes. You cannot take her measurements with a common yardstick, she has a form and stature of her own: you can only believe in Russia”. Thus, the paper explores why Russian philosophy is the other and can be understood only within its connection within its cultural and historical background.

Keywords: Russian Philosophy, Russian Idea, Ontologism, Sobornost, All-Unity


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VishnyakovaO. (2019). Is Russian Philosophy a Philosophy of the Other to the West?. Bollettino Filosofico, 34, 250-258.