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 Vasily  Rozanov

Born:   May 2, 1856
Deceased:   February 5, 1919

Russian religious philosopher, writer, literary critic and publicist.


Vasily Vasilyevich Rozanov (1856-1919) was a Russian idealist philosopher and the author of numerous articles and books on church and religion, marriage, literature, etc. In 1900 together with Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Zinaida  Gippius and Minsky he founded the Religious and Philosophical Society in St. Petersburg. Political views of Vasily Rozanov were totally conservative. His main works are Religion and Culture, In the World of Unclear and Unsolved, The Family Matter in Russia, Sakharna, and others.
 Vasily Rozanov was born in Vetluga in 1856. He graduated from the Philological Faculty of the Moscow University and worked as the history and geography teacher.
The aesthetic views of Vasily Rozanov are stated in the book Beauty in the Nature and Its Sense (Moscow, 1894), which tackled on the philosophical views of Vladimir Solovyov. He paid great attention to the philosophy of history, in connection with requirements of the present. (Religion and Culture, collection of articles, St. Petersburg, 1899).
His article The Place of Christianity in History showed his quite certain Slavophile views in the spirit of K.N. Leontyev and opposed several major dogmatic ideas.
Vasily Rozanov criticized the modern system of school and education, which broke three basic principles of education: identity, integrity and unity.
In his paradoxical critical articles Vasily Rozanov mostly concentrated on works and views by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Nikolay Gogol.

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