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The Russian CosmistsThe Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers$
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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

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Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829–1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task

Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829–1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task

(p.46) 6 Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829–1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task
The Russian Cosmists

George M. Young

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins with a brief summary of Fedorov’s thought, then focuses on Fedorov’s biography, including information not previously presented in English. Topics include the significance of his illegitimate birth and childhood in the Gagarin household, his education and role as a teacher in rural Russia, his work as a Moscow librarian at the Rumiantsev Museum, his eccentric, ascetic manner of life, his previously unsuspected love for a young woman, his influence on Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, and the presentation and reception of his work in Askhabad.

Keywords:   Gagarin, Rumiantsev Museum, Fedorov’s eccentricities, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Askhabad

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