Category Archives: Russian religious philosophy

“Three wedding songs” – a work of art (and performance ethnography) by Olga Alexandrova

The work of performance art that is the subject of this post isn’t new.  Udmurt by birth, Olga Alexandrova (a brief bio for her can be found here) first performed her “Three wedding songs” in 1994, and she has performed … Continue reading

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The irrational residue of being

[Here is a scintillating “mini-essay” from the pen of perhaps the greatest essayist Russia has ever produced: Lev Shestov.  It is the forty-third of fifty-two pensées originally published in a Paris-based Russian journal in 1922 and 1923, under the title … Continue reading

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There are no pure bodies: The monotheistic spiritual naturalism of Anne Conway, part 2

[… continued from last post] ◊ Hutton, Sarah, Anne Conway : A Woman Philosopher (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).  I referred to this book in my entry for David Byrne, whose work is in many ways comparable.  Both authors have … Continue reading

Posted in Animal theology, Berdyaev, Nikolai, Conway, Anne, Maximus the Confessor, Philosophy (uncategorized), Rozanov, Vasily, Russian religious philosophy, Scandinavian creation theology, Science, History of, Shestov, Lev, Sittler, Joseph | 2 Comments

A question of theology: “If I make it to heaven, will my pet(s) be there too?”

[A Border terrier puppy we bred.] Clearly, people can have an unhealthy attachment to their pets, to the extent that they allow their relationships with them to take precedence over their relationships with people.  On the other hand one shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Irenaeus on the Fall

[This is something I posted yesterday at Arts & Faith.  Given how often I’ve written here about Shestov, and the topic of the Fall, it’s clearly relevant here too.  It also represents a shift in my thinking.] I just borrowed … Continue reading

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Shestov on cupiditas scientiae (lust for knowledge)

[This is a slightly revised version of something I posted yesterday at Arts & Faith.  Given how often I’ve written here about Shestov, it’s clearly relevant here too.  It’s in the context of a question I got as to the … Continue reading

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A “basis” argument for Shestov’s interpretation of the Fall

[This is a slightly revised version of something I posted several days ago at Arts & Faith.  Given how often I’ve written here about Shestov, it’s clearly relevant here too.  The context was a comment I received, to the effect … Continue reading

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