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The Resource The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen, Aileen M. Kelly

The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen, Aileen M. Kelly

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The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen
Title
The discovery of chance
Title remainder
the life and thought of Alexander Herzen
Statement of responsibility
Aileen M. Kelly
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Alexander Herzen--philosopher, novelist, essayist, political agitator, and one of the leading Russian intellectuals of the nineteenth century--was as famous in his day as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. While he is remembered for his masterpiece My Past and Thoughts and as the father of Russian socialism, his contributions to the history of ideas defy easy categorization because they are so numerous. Aileen Kelly presents the first fully rounded study of the farsighted genius whom Isaiah Berlin called "the forerunner of much twentieth-century thought." In an era dominated by ideologies of human progress, Herzen resisted them because they conflicted with his sense of reality, a sense honed by his unusually comprehensive understanding of history, philosophy, and the natural sciences. Following his unconventional decision to study science at university, he came to recognize the implications of early evolutionary theory, not just for the natural world but for human history. In this respect, he was a Darwinian even before Darwin. Socialism for Russia, as Herzen conceived it, was not an ideology--least of all Marxian "scientific socialism"--But a concrete means of grappling with unique historical circumstances, a way for Russians to combine the best of Western achievements with the possibilities of their own cultural milieu in order to move forward. In the same year that Marx declared communism to be the "solution to the riddle of history," Herzen denied that any such solution could exist. History, like nature, was contingent--an improvisation both constrained and encouraged by chance."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
MH/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kelly, Aileen
Dewey number
  • 947/.07092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DK209.6.H4
LC item number
K445 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Herzen, Aleksandr
  • Intellectuals
  • Russia
  • Herzen, Aleksandr
  • Gercen, Aleksandr I
  • Intellectual life
  • Intellectuals
  • Russia
  • Geistesleben
  • Philosophie
  • Politisches Denken
Label
The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen, Aileen M. Kelly
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Who was Herzen? -- Russia and the romantic revolution -- A romantic youth -- A revolution in science -- Science and history -- An education in method -- Science and Saint-Simonism -- Prison and exile -- Awakening -- The discovery of chance -- From Bacon to Feuerbach: nature and time -- Man in the middle -- A conservative revolution -- A glowing footprint: Herzen and Proudhon -- Toward another shore -- View from the other shore -- The living truth -- In defense of inconsistency -- What is history? -- The Polish rising -- True nihilism -- The last years
Control code
926050449
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 592 pages
Isbn
9780674737112
Lccn
2015038959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926050449
Label
The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen, Aileen M. Kelly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Who was Herzen? -- Russia and the romantic revolution -- A romantic youth -- A revolution in science -- Science and history -- An education in method -- Science and Saint-Simonism -- Prison and exile -- Awakening -- The discovery of chance -- From Bacon to Feuerbach: nature and time -- Man in the middle -- A conservative revolution -- A glowing footprint: Herzen and Proudhon -- Toward another shore -- View from the other shore -- The living truth -- In defense of inconsistency -- What is history? -- The Polish rising -- True nihilism -- The last years
Control code
926050449
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 592 pages
Isbn
9780674737112
Lccn
2015038959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926050449

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