Serious and profound reflection is needed when probing the problem of the manysided rapport between philosophy and the social-religious culture of Russia. In the first place, this entails an examination of the relationship between religion and literature. In this article, an attempt is made at defining the major methodological principles guiding such research. However, such an analysis demands concrete examples although the study of them may yield differing results. The author is sure of this basic principle having applied himself to the study of Pushkin, who would seem to be one of the best models for this type of research. Finally the author ends with his own question: What is the best method (reception, approach, the mechanics of study) for discovering and elucidating the complicated interrelationship linking religion, philosophy, and literature in Russian culture?
RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, FICTION, METHODOLOGY, PUSHKIN, S. L. FRANK, I. A. IL’IN