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I. Introduction. Towards Christian Renewal: Eros, Sublimation And Creativity In Modern Russian Religious Thought

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This is the introductory chapter of the book which traces the tradition of Eros and Creativity chronologically, inasmuch as each Russian thinker's ideas polemicize with, incorporate and change those of his predecessor over the six decades. In the first movement of this ongoing tradition Solovyov and Rozanov made human sexuality a metaphysical and religious subject, an all-important one that had to be clarified in Christian metaphysics. The primacy of sexuality in Freudian psychoanalysis was the reason for resistance to his thought generally and to his theory of creativity by most religious thinkers of all stripes, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. Psychoanalysis even met with resistance in medical psychiatry in the first two decades of the twentieth century, as Freud's official biographer, Ernest Jones, points out. The Christian thinker Dostoevsky is often viewed as a latter-day Slavophile and Solovyov's philosophy grew out of and was a further development of Slavophile thought.

Keywords: Christian metaphysics; Eros; Freud; human sexuality; Rozanov; Russian religious thought; Solovyov



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