Andrei Belyi's philosophy of time and Istoriia stanovleniia samosoznaiushchei dushi

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Andrei Belyi's philosophy is neither a theory of cognition, nor social philosophy, nor even cultural philosophy. Its first and last word is experience, praxis, action. The main system-forming theme of the philosophy of this Russian writer is the "symbol". At the foundation of his " symbolism" there lies a belief in the direct connection between symbol and time. In this article, the evolution of Andrei Belyi's views concerning the nature of time will be considered. To this end, we shall draw on his publications of the early 1900s; early 1910s; early 1920s; and, finally, Istoriia stanovleniia samosoznaiushchei dushi (ISSD). In his main philosophical treatise, Belyi effects a synthesis of the theories of Heraclitus and Parmenides surrounding the fluidity and immutability of human existence. Time, in his interpretation, turns out to be nothing other than the filling in of emptiness - the eternal movement of human thought toward the ultimate goal of self-consciousness, called.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalRussian Literature
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011

Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


  • Belyi
  • Heraclitus
  • Istoriia stanovleniia samosoznaiushchei dushi
  • Parmenides
  • Philosophy
  • Symbolism


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