The Ontology of Russian Destiny:
to Keep Forever?
Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Professor, Department of Political Science, National Research University Higher School of Economics, firstname.lastname@example.org
First two volumes of the anthology “Conservators of Russia” present a unique collection of spiritualphilosophicaland historical-political texts belonging to those who have been creating and safekeeping Russiaduring the first eight centuries of its Christian history. It is not self-evident to place these thinkers into categoryof “the conservatives” since the classic domestic conservatism conventionally emerged not earlier than in 19thcentury. Conceptual introductions to both volumes give us opportunity to overcome the difficulty, which israther an issue of methodology than chronology. For the period of 11th-17th centuries, the idea of safekeepingRussian statehood as the only independent stronghold of Orthodoxy acquired a clearly conservative meaning.In the 18th century, the idea of self-sufficient Empire comes to the fore and gives rise to “a new… conservatism.”Three dots in this author’s formula emphasize the fact that in the 18th century, there was not so much conservatism as such, but rather a search for its new forms dominated.
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