Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Russian CosmistsThe Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

George M. Young

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 January 2019

The Spiritual Geography of Russian Cosmism

The Spiritual Geography of Russian Cosmism

(p.3) 1 The Spiritual Geography of Russian Cosmism
The Russian Cosmists

George M. Young

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the major themes of Russian Cosmism, which include: active self-directed human evolution; the need for universal solutions to existential problems; the unity of knowledge and action, religion, art, magic, and science; universal immortality as a human task; and a view of man as a citizen not only of the earth but of the entire cosmos. The major Cosmists were polymath thinkers, embracing a variety of intellectual disciplines and apparent contradictions. They combined visionary, futuristic projects with a defense of traditional culture and institutions. A special feature of Cosmism was the attempt to discover scientific equivalents to investigations previously characterized as esoteric or occult. The chapter emphasizes both the Russian and universal character of Cosmist thought.

Keywords:   active evolution, totalitarian, immortality, polymath, futuristic

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .