Views from the Other Shore: Essays on Herzen, Chekhov, and Bakhtin

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 260 pages
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In this brilliant companion volume to her highly praised Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance, Aileen M. Kelly closely examines a humanist strand of Russian thought that has until now received little notice or understanding. She finds in the writings of Aleksandr Herzen, Anton Chekhov, and Mikhail Bakhtin a pioneering emphasis on the role of chance and contingency in nature and history. Their writing on this theme, she argues, establishes the importance of these humanists in the development of European thought.

Herzen, the principal subject of the book, was among the first nineteenth-century thinkers to challenge the assumptions underlying doctrines of universal progress. Kelly links Herzen's outlook to the work of such Western humanists and scientists as Francis Bacon, Schiller, Proudhon, J. S. Mill, and Darwin. She shows how the view of freedom that Herzen shared with Chekhov and Bakhtin provides an antidote both to traditional absolutes and to the boundless relativism of much postmodern theory. As such it offers an answer to the question now besetting intellectuals in Russia and the West: how to ground morality after the collapse of ideological certainties.

  

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Herzen and Francis Bacon
17
Herzen Schiller and the Aesthetic Education of Man
47
Herzen and Proudhon Two Radical Ironists
82
A European Nanny Herzen and Mill on Liberty
114
On the Origin of Species and From the Other Shore
139
Dealing in Pluses The Thought of Anton Chekhov
171
The Flesh of Time Mikhail Bakhtin
192
A NewStyle Russian Idea
217
Notes
225
Index
255
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Kelly teaches Russian studies at Cambridge University

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