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Absolutism And Authority In Eurasian Ideology: Karsavin And Alekseev (Ryszard Paradowski)

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Karsavin's access to the Eurasian movement was accompanied by the intrigues that heavily affected the future shape of Eurasian ideology. Karsavin’s philosophical concepts belong to the major stream of Russian religious philosophy called the philosophy of whole-unity. Plotinus defined whole-unity as an internal structure of existence, an ideal world (perceived mentally) that emanated from Absolute-Unity. Unexpectedly enough, in his theory of a state Karsavin accepted a positivistic assumption he claimed that a state consists of a territory, an authority, and population but he equipped these elements with the contents far from positivistic ones. Eurasians, N. N. Alekseev in particular, say openly that their solutions have something in common with totalitarian ones. While Karsavin suggested organic, top-down democracy as the best solution for Russia, Alekseev went even farther. For him, Eurasian movement was the only acceptable solution.

Keywords: absolute-unity; Alekseev; Eurasian ideology; Karsavin; positivistic assumption; real authority; theory of a state



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