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Slavophiles
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When Russian philosophy became independent in the early 19th century, a prominent question was that of the relation of Russia to Europe, which J. P. Chaadayev (1794–1856) raised in his Lettres philosophiques (1827–31; ET Philosophical Letters [Knoxville, Tenn., 1969]). A “Western” group of thinkers wanted a full and swift adoption of the achievements of the West, but another group, the Slavophiles, argued for Russia’s independence and even superiority and hence advocated separate enterprises. It is hard to draw a distinction betwee…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Slavophiles”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.15>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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