Classification – name: Literary studies
Author: Anna F. Makarova
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: F.M. Dostoevsky in Literary and Archival Sources of the Late 19th — the First Third of the 20th Century
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Anna F. Makarova. Reception of the Elements of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s World Conception in the Works of Nikolai Berdyaev

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Anna F. Makarova, Postgraduate Student of the Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

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The report examines the influence of some of Dostoevsky’s ideas on Berdyaev, reveals a significant conditionality of the early direction of Berdyaev’s thought by Dostoevsky’s “accursed questions”, his ideas of freedom, the image of Christ, pneumatology, reveals kinship and continuity of outlooks. The author especially notes the influence on Berdyaev of such works of Dostoevsky as “Notes from Underground”, “The Brothers Karamazov” (in particular, the chapter “The Grand Inquisitor”), as well as Berdyaev’s position on the question “Is Dostoevsky a philosopher?” that is still relevant in philosophical community.

Keywords: pneumatology, freedom, Dostoevsky’s world outlook, Russian philosophy.