Nikolay Arseniev

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Date of Birth: 05/16/1888

Age: 89

Place of birth: Stockholm

Citizenship: Russia


Born in Stockholm on May 16, 1888 in the family of a diplomat. He graduated in 1910, the historical-philological faculty of Moscow University, he trained at German universities. Serious impact on the work of Arsenyev had Vl.S.Soloveva, SN Trubetskoy, SN Bulgakov. His religious-metaphysical orientation is reflected in the number of works:. In the quest for the absolute God (1910), Lament for the dying God (1912), etc. Since 1914 - assistant professor at Moscow University, participated in the First World War. Belonged to the Octobrists, enthusiastically greeted the February Revolution, supported the Provisional Government. In 1918-1920 - professor at the University of Saratov. He emigrated in March 1920. From 1920 to 1944 he taught at Konigsberg and Warsaw (1926-1938) universities. In 1945 Arseniev moved to Paris, and since 1948 - Professor Sv.Vladimirskoy Theological Academy in New York. Arsenyev was a proponent of ecumenism, participated in Catholic congresses in 1964 was presented to Pope Paul VI. Actively "The Way" worked in Berdyaev`s religious-philosophical journal. Arsenyev died in New York on 18 December 1977.

Having received developed in Russian religious metaphysics (Slavophiles, SN Trubetskoy) idea of ??the "catholicity" as the most important characteristic of the Orthodox spiritual experience, Arsenyev always saw in it the essence of the cultural and historical affairs of the Church. Defending the value of mystical tradition in Christianity, he spoke out against the various forms of mirootrechnogo pessimism, arguing that it is the way of Christian mysticism leads to their resolute overcome. Following Trubetskoi Arsenyev was inclined to see Christianity a deep connection with the previous ancient metaphysics. An important place in his works occupy the problems of religious aesthetics, which are considered in line with the characteristic of Russian religious and metaphysical thought assertions of unity of Beauty, Truth and Goodness. The same principles and define a common understanding of the history of culture Arsenyev.