Bulanenko Maxim, диакон

Ivan V. Kireevsky (1806 – 1856) and his lessons for contemporary philosophy

Bulanenko Maxim (2017) "Ivan V. Kireevsky (1806 – 1856) and his lessons for contemporary philosophy ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2017, vol. 74, pp. 44-66 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201774.44-66


In his later writings Russian Slavophile philosopher Ivan V. Kireevsky gives an outline of a positive Christian philosophy. Its prerequisite is the spiritual integrity of the knowing reason that enables one to acquire the adequate cognitive access to the reality as a whole. Spiritual integrity originates in the Eastern historical type, whereas the Western type is marked by the lack of spiritual unity and the dominance of formal reasoning that distort the apprehension of the reality. Spiritual integrity is only possible on the grounds of the Orthodox Christian faith that opens to a human person the genuine communion with God. However, in his own works Ivan V. Kireevsky does not mention any specifically Christian subject (such as original sin and redemption ). Besides that, his typological approach to history and his central philosophical concepts (such as spiritual integrity and faith) display some rather serious shortcomings. Nevertheless, a positive Christian philosophy along the lines of Ivan V. Kireevsky still has a potential for further constructive development, but that would require a careful refinement of its theoretical foundations and central concepts.


I.V. Kireevsky, S.N. Trubetskoy, Hegel, Schelling, the West, Russia, Eastern Christian tradition, German idealism, typological approach, critique of rationalism, integral reason, faith, foundations of philosophy, Christian philosophy


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Bulanenko Maxim, диакон

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Place of work: Institute of History Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East FEB RAS, Room 45, 89 Pushkinskaya St, Vladivostok, Russia 690001;
Post: Associated professor of the Department of Philosophy;
ORCID: 0000-0002-4977-9559;
Email: bulanenko@list.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.