Vasiliy Zenkovskiy

Picture of Vasiliy Zenkovskiy

Date of Birth: 07/04/1881

Age: 81

Place of birth: Proskura

Citizenship: Russia


Born in g.Proskurove (now Khmelnitsky) On 4 July 1881. In 1900 he entered the natural faculty of the University of Kiev. After studying there for four years, Zenkovsky joined the Faculty. In 1909 he graduated from university and was left to prepare for a professorship. He worked on his master`s thesis, taught courses in philosophy and psychology at the University for Women. Scientific research in the field of child and adolescent psychology and pedagogy Zenkovsky will engage in lifelong learning. Shortly after graduation, he became director of the Kiev Institute of preschool education. In 1913-1914 there was a scientific mission in Germany and Italy. In 1915 he defended his doctoral thesis The problem of mental causation. In 1916 Zenkovsky became professor of the University of Kiev. From 1910 he was chairman of the Kiev Society for the Study of Religion and Philosophy.

An important role in the life and spiritual evolution Zenkovsky played his acquaintance with SNBulgakov, under whose influence he turned to the works of Gogol. (In his History of the Russian philosophy he would call Gogol`s "prophet of Orthodox Culture.") In 1918 Zenkovsky served as minister of religion in the government of Hetman P.P.Skoropadskogo. In 1920 he emigrated to Yugoslavia. In 1920-1923 he was a professor of philosophical and theological faculties of the University of Belgrade. Then he moved to Prague, where he headed the Department of Experimental and child psychology in the Higher Pedagogical Institute. In 1923 in his book Berlinevyshla Psychology of Childhood. In 1923 at the Congress of Teachers Obscheemigrantskom Zenkovsky he was elected chairman of the Pedagogical Bureau of Overseas Russian school business. In the same year the public organization "Russian Student Christian Movement," a congress of the Russian Orthodox students and was established in Czechoslovakia. Chairman of the RSCM for many years was Zenkovsky. From 1927 he lived in Paris and headed the department of philosophy of the Orthodox Theological Institute, and in 1944, after the death of SNBulgakov, became its dean. In 1942 Zenkovsky was ordained a priest.

The main philosophical, theological and pedagogical ideas Zenkovsky reflected in his books: Russian Thinkers and Europe (1926), Naporoge maturity (1929) Problems of education in the light of Christian Anthropology (1934), History of Russian philosophy (1948-1950) Apologetics (1959 ), Gogol (1961), Fundamentals of Christian philosophy (1961-1964).

A particularly important role played Zenkovsky as a historian of Russian philosophy. The basis for the book History of Russian philosophy served as a course of lectures, which Zenkovsky read at the Theological Institute. Russian philosophy appears in the book Zenkovsky as a unique experience of creating a national Christian philosophy. The philosophical doctrine Zenkovsky included metaphysics, epistemology and anthropology. In each of these sections thinker sought to follow Christian (church), the tradition of understanding the world and man.

Zenkovsky died in Paris on August 5, 1962.