VLADIMIR SERGEYEVICH SOLOVYOV, VLADIMIR WOZNIUK
Title: The Heart of Reality : Essays on Beauty, Love, and Ethics
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press May 2003
0268030618 / 9780268030612
Seller ID: 93043
Editor and translator Vladimir Wozniuk makes an interesting point that the apparent lack of any universally recognized ''great'' Russian philosopher might be due to the difficulty Russian grammar presents in the translation of philosophical texts. Since the Russian language has no definite or indefinite articles, the nuanced language of philosophy too often emerges as ''a tangled jungle of abstraction that subsequently appears to border on complete nonsense.'' Enter Vladimir S. Soloviev -- moral philosopher, social and literary critic, theologian, poet and mystic -- try to pigeonhole him in any one of these categories and you'll discover you've lost the man. As Wozniuk perceptively points out in the introduction, ''Evaluations that fail to recognize the centrality of incarnational Christianity in [Soloviev's] thought, of the manifold implications of the appearance of the fully God-man Christ for the transformation of the worldaend up missing the point of his endeavors entirely.'' Containing many previously unpublished essays, this collection turns upon Soloviev's shared belief (with Dostoevsky, and this from his second address on Dostoevsky) that convictions never separate truth from beauty and the good; that artistic creativity never places beauty apart from the good ''because these three live only in their unity.'' In fact, Soloviev's three addresses on Dostoevsky might be the crown of this carefully crafted compilation, but don't miss his essay on Pushkin or Wozniuk's fresh translation of The Meaning of Love
. 244 pp.
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Vladimir S. Soloviev (1853-1900), moral philosopher, social and literary critic, theologian, and poe...