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Chaadayev, Piotr Yakovlevich
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(Čaadaev; May 27/ Jun 7, 1794, Moscow or Nižnij-Novgorod – Apr 14/26, 1856, Moscow) was an important Russian philosopher of history. When the first of Chaadayev's “Philosophical Letters” appeared in 1836, Chaadayev was publicly declared insane. Chaadayev responded with his Apology of a Madman (1837) – first published in Russia in 1906. For Chaadayev, much as for F.W.J. Schelling, the unity of faith and reason is a central motif of his thought. Accordingly, Chaadayev considered the goal of history to be the realization of the kingdom of God on earth in the sense of a…

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Wasmuth, Jennifer, “Chaadayev, Piotr Yakovlevich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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