Vladimir Soloviev and the Spiritualization of Matter

Oliver Luke Grenville Smith

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Widely acknowledged as the most important Russian thinker of the nineteenth century, Vladimir Soloviev's place in the landscape of world philosophy nevertheless remains uncertain. Approaching him through a single synoptic lens, this book foregrounds his unique envisioning of the interaction between humanity and the material world. By investigating the idea of the 'spiritualization of matter', which Soloviev described as the 'task' of humanity, Smith constructs a rounded picture of his overall importance to an understanding of nineteenth-century thought, as well as to modern theology and philosophy. The picture that emerges is of a writer whose contribution to a Christian philosophy of matter resonates with many of the religious debates of modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherAcademic Studies Press
Number of pages298
ISBN (Print)978-1-936235-17-9
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures and History


  • Soloviev
  • sophiology
  • theology
  • religious philosophy
  • Russian intellectual history
  • philosophy of matter


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