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Reflection through Revolution: M.O. Gershenzon’s Side in the Correspondence from Two Corners

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The Correspondence from Two Corners, the classic work of early twentieth-century Russian thought written by Viacheslav Ivanov and Mikhail Gershenzon, has been viewed most often from the perspective of Viacheslav Ivanov's career and development. The great poet Ivanov was the more influential of the two, Gershenzon's side is undeniably brilliant and profoundly important on its own right. The Correspondence from Two Corners came at a pivotal time in Gershenzon's evolution. During the war, he had decided to turn his mind primarily to philosophy and metaphysics. The Correspondence illuminates Gershenzon's biography, the life of a writer of Jewish origins who, having devoted himself to Russian culture, decided to turn to epistemology and metaphysics after 1914. During and after World War I, Gershenzon contributed to Jewish journals and in 1922, he wrote The Fates of the Jews, dedicated to a philosophical refutation of Zionism.

Keywords: Correspondence from Two Corners; Jewish origins; metaphysics; Mikhail Gershenzon; philosophy; Russian culture; The Fates of the Jews; Viacheslav Ivanov; Zionism



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