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Alexander Herzen and the Role of the Intellectual Revolutionary

Cambridge University Press (2009)

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  1. A Revolutionary as a “Beautiful Soul”: Lev Tolstoy’s Path to Ethical Anarchism.Lina Steiner - 2019 - Studies in East European Thought 71 (1):43-62.
    This article discusses Leo Tolstoy’s view of the Russian revolutionary movement. Taking as a focal point the writer’s lifelong interest in the Decembrist uprising of 1825 and particularly in the personalities of the gentry revolutionaries, the article argues that Tolstoy’s fascination for these figures was due to their superior moral qualities, rather than to their political and socioeconomic doctrines. Following Alexander Herzen, Tolstoy came to regard the Decembrists as full-fledged individualities and “beautiful souls”. Thus, Tolstoy’s much debated “conversion” and subsequent (...)
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  • Chance as an Existential Reality: On One of the Most Fundamental Categories in Alexander Herzen’s Thought.Jacek Uglik - 2020 - Studies in East European Thought 72 (1):31-41.
    The article emphasises that the importance of Herzen’s philosophical input is related to his human-centered approach. There are three areas of investigation that are of particular importance in this context: responsibility, freedom and chance. I argue that according to Herzen, chance, by tearing apart the net of supposedly necessary causes and effects in the physico-social world, proves that the existence of man is best understood as a manifestation of man's free agency. Whereas the lack of freedom would mean that an (...)
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