Art and Mystery in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Novel The Master and Margarita and Aleksei Losev’s Study The Dialectics of Myth

  • Vladimir L. Marchenkov
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 82)


Perhaps the most common understanding of mystery is that it is something unknown. It cannot be something entirely unknown, however, because in this case the knowing subject would not be able even to perceive it, to come up against the boundary of his own knowledge. Mystery is, therefore, a perceptible intrusion of the unknown into the horizon of the known. The correct perception of mystery will, further, distinguish it from the unknown in general, for, when faced with the unknown, the knowing subject has two choices: to hope for more some-thing beyond the limit of what is currently known to him – in which case he would assume the attitude of the philosopher and mystery in the genuine sense would disappear; or to accept the unknown as such in principle – in which case he would adopt the attitude of the mystic and will be in the presence of a genuine mystery. Mystery, in the latter sense, is the intrusion of the unknown as such into the sphere of the known.


Detective Story Genuine Sense Mundane Reality Transcendent World Sacred History 
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