Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century Russian Intelligentsia
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Members of the imperial Russian intelligentsia lived their lives in conversation, arguing or just exchanging their thoughts in drawing rooms, stairways, streets, and taverns, as well as in letters . . .
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Youngsters like us,” Ivan Karamazov tells his brother Alesha, “must first and foremost resolve the eternal questions; that is our concern. The youth of Russia speaks of nothing but those timeless . . .
Part 1. Doubt
1 Forbidden Fruit: The Wisdom Lovers
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Alexander Koshelev could not remember a more joyful time in his life than the night he spent in the late 1820s in St. Petersburg with Aleksei Khomiakov and . . .
2 Providence and Doubt: Alexander Herzen, Nikolai Ogarev, and Their Friends
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I have a special demon—doubt; that is the wound of my soul.”1 In 1832, when Alexander Herzen addressed these words to his intimate friend Nikolai Ogarev, he was . . .
Part 2. Atheism
3 Atheists of 1849: Katenev’s Tobacco Store Circle and Petrashevsky’s “Fridays”
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One Thursday night in the spring of 1849, at the Golden Anchor tavern in St. Petersburg, a young man named Vasilii Katenev began arguing with another customer and . . .
4 Atheism as the Predicate for Salvation: Nikolai Chernyshevsky and Nikolai Dobroliubov
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In the late 1850s and early 1860s, two priests’ sons, Nikolai Chernyshevsky and Nikolai Dobroliubov, became Russia’s two most influential journalists. They were also the first to claim in print . . .
Part 3. Two Modes of Living without God
5 Atheism and Apocalypse: Revolutionariesin the Provinces, 1856–1863
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In provincial towns of the Russian Empire, from Kharkov and Kazan to Viatka and Perm, a revolutionary movement developed with extraordinary rapidity during the late 1850s and . . .
6 Doubt after Atheism: Dmitrii Pisarev
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Dmitrii Pisarev is remembered for the enormous influence his writings exerted over succeeding generations of Russian youths from the 1860s on. His articles, said to have been . . .
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The October Revolution of 1917 cast a long shadow backward, flattening the intellectual landscape of nineteenth-century Russia and draining it of its more nuanced colors. Amid all . . .
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2011