Studies in East European Thought

, Volume 61, Issue 2–3, pp 153–164 | Cite as

The linguistic aporias of Alexei Losev’s mystical personalism

  • Gasan GusejnovEmail author


Alexey Losev’s concept of ‘personality’ was developed in his writings from the 1920s, “The Dialectics of Myth” and “The Philosophy of Name”. In his later works (e.g. on the aesthetics of the Renaissance and in his book about Vladimir Soloviev) Losev also understood the ‘personality’ outside of the boundaries of philosophy and theology. For him, the mystical dimension of personality in the end dominates logical and cultural structures of the subject. Losev’s concept of ‘personality’ as a myth, a symbol, rather than an abstract theory was an attack on the European individualism seen as a principle of the self-affirmation of the isolated subject.


Personality Person Mystical personalism Anti-liberalism Myth History of Soviet philosophy Losev Solov’ëv 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ClassicsMoscow State UniversityLeipzigGermany

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