Here at the outset, we review Solov’ëv’s early works together with, in particular, his concept of the all-unity, which he developed therein. Whereas a religious, if not mystical, interpretation of it is natural – and Solov’ëv so understood it himself – he accorded a distinct role to philosophy as a rational activity capable of grasping this concept and devoted his early years to its rational elaboration. His career disappointments in pursuit of a professorship in philosophy, however, led him to seek a different path to the dissemination of his religio-philosophical message. This introductory chapter also outlines the philosophical course Solov’ëv would follow until his premature death.
KeywordsYoung Solov’ëv Truly existent All-unity Kant Kingdom of God Vladislavlev Philosophy of history
Works by Vladimir S. Solov’ëv in Russian and in English Translation Used in the Present Volume
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