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  • Werke by Sergij Bulgakov, and: Vol. 1: Philosophie der Wirtschaft: Die Welt als Wirtschaftsgeschehen ed. by Regula M. Zwahlen et al., and: Vol. 1a: Sergij Bulgakovs Philosophie der Wirtschaft im interdisziplinären Gespräch, and: Vol. 2: Aus meinem Leben: Autobiographische Zeugnisse ed. by Regula M. Zwahlen et al., and: Vol. 3: Sergij Bulgakov: Bibliographie. Werke, Briefwechsel und Übersetzungen: Mit ausgewählter Sekundärliteratur und einem tabellarischen Lebenslauf
  • Paul Valliere
Sergij Bulgakov. Werke, ed. Barbara Hallensleben and Regula M. Zwahlen. Münster: Aschendorff.
Vol. 1: Philosophie der Wirtschaft: Die Welt als Wirtschaftsgeschehen, trans. Katharina A. Breckner and Anita Schlüchter, ed. and commentary by Regula M. Zwahlen et al. 2014. xxviii + 350 pp.
Vol. 1a: Sergij Bulgakovs Philosophie der Wirtschaft im interdisziplinären Gespräch. 2014. 106 pp.
Vol. 2: Aus meinem Leben: Autobiographische Zeugnisse, trans. Elke Kirsten, ed. and commentary Regula M. Zwahlen et al. 2017. vi + 280 pp.
Vol. 3: Sergij Bulgakov: Bibliographie. Werke, Briefwechsel und Übersetzungen: Mit ausgewählter Sekundärliteratur und einem tabellarischen Lebenslauf, compiled by Regula M. Zwahlen and Ksenija Babkova. 2017. ii + 150 pp.

One of the more ambitious theological publication projects of our day is being conducted by the Sergij Bulgakov Research Centre at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the University of Fribourg (Freiburg) in Switzerland (http://fns.unifr.ch/sergij-bulgakov). In 2014 the Centre began publishing a collection of Bulgakov’s works in German translation that is slated to grow to twenty volumes or more. The volumes published to date are edited by Barbara Hallensleben and Regula M. Zwahlen with the assistance of other scholars and translators.

The first volume is a translation of Bulgakov’s Philosophy of Economy. An auxiliary volume (1a) consists of a discussion of Bulgakov’s seminal monograph by a group of scholars drawn mainly from the German-speaking world. While English-speakers already have Catherine Evtuhov’s splendid translation of Philosophy of Economy (Yale University Press, 2000), the supplementary materials in the German translation, such as the editors’ introduction and an essay by Natalia Makasheva of the Russian Academy of Sciences, provide helpful guidance. The auxiliary volume, Sergii Bulgakov’s Philosophy of Economy in Interdisciplinary Dialogue, is organized as a commentary, with each of the contributors addressing one or two of the nine chapters of Philosophy of Economy.

Aus meinem Leben (From My Life) is a translation of Bulgakov’s autobiographical sketches. This work has never appeared in English in its entirety. The “Autobiographical Notes” that form part of James Pain and Nicolas Zernov’s Bulgakov Anthology (The Westminster Press, 1976; Wipf and Stock, 2012) are a drastic abridgement. Besides giving us the integral text of Bulgakov’s sketches (enhanced by a few additions of an autobiographical or biographical character), Hallensleben and Zwahlen incorporate fifty-eight pages of explanatory notes, numerous photographs, a chronological table, and an index identifying the individuals mentioned in the sketches. Also included is [End Page 113] a translation of Anna I. Reznichenko’s article on Bulgakov in The Orthodox Encyclopedia (Pravoslavnaia entsiklopediia [Moscow, 2003] 6:340–58). Bulgakov’s lively, twenty-page account of his visit to the United States as a guest of the Episcopal Church in 1934 will be of particular interest to American readers. Surprisingly, this memoir was not included in The Bulgakov Anthology.

Volume 3, the largest and most up-to-date bibliography of Bulgakov’s writings, is another welcome contribution. Beautifully organized, it catalogues not only Bulgakov’s books and articles but smaller pieces, such as his book reviews, forewords, translations, published letters, lecture and seminar outlines, and obituaries. There is also a roster of the archives where Bulgakov’s manuscripts and unpublished works are preserved, bibliographical information on the journals in which Bulgakov’s writings appeared, and an inventory of translations of Bulgakov’s works in thirteen languages.

But let us return to the discussion of Philosophy of Economy in the interdisciplinary dialogue. The contributors to the dialogue do us a service by setting Bulgakov’s work in the context of the social thought of his day (and thereafter). As Josephien van Kessel observes, Philosophy of Economy was “on the one hand the high point of Bulgakov’s social theory and on...

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ISSN
2574-4968
Print ISSN
2574-495X
Pages
pp. 113-115
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-27
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