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1 Intellectual Communication of Russian Orthodoxy from the Enlightenment to Modernity

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The content of the intellectual communication system of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is variable and changes with respect to different epochs. This chapter focuses on some aspects of internal relations between clerics and secular intellectuals. Enlightenment was treated as mastering new knowledge; now references were taken not from Byzantine antiquity, but from European modernity. It is possible to mark out three philosophical networks in Enlightenment Russia: the system of academic institutions, including both "visible" and "invisible colleges", theologians from church schools, mainly in Kiev and Moscow, and so-called "learned monks", and enlightened nobility. Currently the ROC is very active in various forms of communication, including the Internet. Searches inside the Orthodox segment of the internet do not bring answers to requests not approved by Orthodoxy, and a user can be reprimanded for using improper language.

Keywords: European modernity; intellectual communication system; Kiev; learned monks; Russian Orthodox Church (ROC)



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