Nikolai Berdyaev


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Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev (March 18 1874 – March 24, 1948) was a Russian religious and political philosopher.

Berdyaev was born in Kiev into an aristocratic military family. He spent a solitary childhood at home, where his father's library allowed him to read widely. He read Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Kant when only fourteen years old and excelled at languages.

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  • ''The bourgeois takes economic power very seriously, and often worships it quite unselfishly.''
    Nicolai A. Berdyaev (1874-1948), Russian Christian philosopher. repr. In Christian Existentialism, ch. 5, "Bourgeosity," ed. Donald A. Lowrie (1965). ...
  • ''In sex we have the source of man's true connection with the cosmos and of his servile dependence. The categories of sex, male and female, are cosmic categories, not merely anthropological categories.''
    Nicolai A. Berdyaev (1874-1948), Russian Christian philosopher. repr. in Christian Existentialism, ch. 5, "Love," ed. Donald A. Lowrie (1965). The Mea...
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