Religion and Enlightenment in Catherinian Russia
The Teachings of Metropolitan Platon
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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The research and writing of this book has benefited from the support of numerous colleagues and institutions. California state Polytechnic Uni-versity at Pomona provided research and professional leaves at regular intervals. The interlibrary loan services of document delivery in the Uni-versity Library remain unsurpassed. in spring 2010 the École des Hautes ...
Note on Dating and Biblical Citations
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Throughout this book dates are given in the old style, based on the Julian calendar used in russia from the reign of Tsar Peter i until January 1918. in the eighteenth century the Julian calendar lagged eleven days behind Europe’s gregorian calendar; in the nineteenth century, twelve days. Un-less otherwise stated, the biblical passages cited throughout this book ap-...
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B e g i n n i n g w i t h t h e r e f o r m s of Tsar Peter i (ruled 1682/1689–1725), the governing and educated elites of eighteenth- century russia worked tirelessly to make their country “European.” al-though the role of European ideas and administrative models in the Pet-rine and subsequent reforms is well studied, the substantive process of ...
1—The Meaning of Enlightenment
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T h e r u s s i a n E n l i g h t e n m e n t rarely garners serious atten-tion among historians of Europe. scholars tend either to deny its mean-ingfulness or to hold it responsible for a linear process of development leading from Westernization to revolution. starting with the assimilation of European cultural models and the origins of intellectual dissent in the ...
2—Christian Enlightenment and Enlightenment Learning
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...i n 1 7 8 9 t h e s u p e r v i s o r (kurator) of Moscow University founded the society of Lovers of Learnedness (uchenost’), which he hoped would encourage the enlightenment of the mind (razum), the improve-ment of the heart, good taste, and happiness. The society quickly set out to promote this goal by sponsoring an essay competition devoted to a ...
3—Divine Providence and Human History
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T h e r e i s i n t h e J u d e o - C h r i s t i a n religious tradition an enduring tension—some would say an outright contradiction—between the harsh realities of human history and a belief in divine providence. giv-en the modern commitment to individual conscience and earthly progress, the persistence of human suffering calls into question the idea that history ...
4—Free Will and the Human Person
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...i n h i s 1 9 5 3 e s s a y.sc “Historical inevitability,” isaiah Berlin takes is-sue with teleologies that posit “a perfect, inevitable, self-explaining harmony” in which “all apparent disorder, inexplicable disaster, gratuitous suffering, [and] unintelligible concatenations of random events are due not to the na-ture of things but to our failure to discover their purpose.” imperfection, ...
Conclusion—Toward a Definition of the Russian Enlightenment
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...a c.sc r o s s e i g h t e e n t h - c.sc e n t u r y.sc E u r o p e (the) Enlighten-ment became associated with the conscious pursuit of progress, defined as the amelioration of the human condition. in social and political life the assumption took root that through the use of reason, the spread of edu-cation, the accumulation of empirical knowledge, the advance of philo-...
Appendix—1Chronology of Metropolitan Platon’s Career
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Appendix 2—Metropolitan Platon’s Subscribers
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Publication Year: 2013