publication . Article . 2014

Florovsky at the crossroads: imagining Byzantine Renaissance from Morningside Heights

Mirkovic, Alexander;
Open Access Russian
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Social Evolution & History (issn: 1681-4363, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Общество с ограниченной ответственностью «Издательство «Учитель»
Georges Florovsky, an influential theologian, came to New York City in 1948 to be dean of the Russian St Vladimir Theological Seminary. At Morningside Heights, Florovsky taught about what went wrong in Russia in 1917 and what needed to be done about it. His ideas prefigure the critique of European Enlightenment and its Orientalism formulated by Edward Said. Florovsky argued that Russia, imitating Western Europe, gave up its own Hellenic heritage of the Church Fathers, and replaced it with the western style of the Renaissance of ancient Hellenic philosophy. His remedy for this condition was ‘the return to the fathers’, establishing a direct philosophical connecti...
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