The Crisis of Western Philosophy: Against Positivism
The Crisis of Western Philosophy is Solovyov’s seminal work in which he developed his religious philosophy. In it, he undertakes a stunning critique of positivism, by which he understands the entire philosophy of Western rationalism, which he sees as setting up a conflict between reason and faith, and reason and nature. In the modern period, he finds abundant evidence for reason’s war against nature in Western philosophy from Descartes to Hegel. “Positivism,” the leading philosophy in his time, Solovyov also finds repugnant. In its place, he proposes his great theme of total unity–which was to become the dominant theme in Russian philosophy. This is the work that launched Russian religious philosophy and is a must for anyone interested in the subject. –From the Esalen-Lindisfarne Library of Russian Philosophy
About the Author
Vladimir Solovyov (1853–1900), one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, was the founder of a tradition of Russian spirituality that brought together philosophy, mysticism, and theology with a powerful social message. A close friend of Dostoevsky, a Platonist, and a gnostic visionary, Solovyov was a prophet, having been granted three visions of Sophia, Divine Wisdom. He was also a poet and a profoundly Christian metaphysicist. His most important works include Lectures on Divine Humanity; The Justification of the Good; and War, Progress, and the End of History.
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