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The Discussions on Fedor Dostoevsky at the Moscow Branch of the St.-Petersburg “Free Philosophic Association” as a Russian-Jewish Dialogue

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The famous Russian intellectual society commonly known as "The Free Philosophic Association" was possibly the main place where Russian non-communist intellectuals could hold semi-official meetings during the early post-revolutionary years. It is important to note that the lecturer Aaron Shteinberg, a young Jewish Russian neo-Kantian philosopher who graduated from Heidelberg University, was a secretary of "The Free Philosophic Association". The lecture presented Dostoevsky's God, and even his world-view and his personality, as connected with the Old Testament and its God. Aaron Shteinberg presented a lecture entitled "Dostoevsky as a Philosopher" on the 16th of October 1921. Discussion was held on the 23 of October of the same year. On October 15m a lecture by Bely was held on "Dostoevsky and a Crisis of Culture". After several open and closed meetings, members of the Moscow Volfila decided to organize their own Dostoevsky cycle.

Keywords: "Dostoevsky as a Philosopher"; "The Free Philosophic Association"; Aaron Shteinberg; Moscow Volfila; Old Testament

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