The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Federov and His Followers

Hardcover | July 18, 2012

byGeorge M. Young

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a controversial school of Russian thinkers emerged, convinced that humanity was entering an advanced stage of evolution and must assume a new, active, managerial role in the cosmos. In the first account in English of this fascinating school,George M. Young offers a dynamic and wide-ranging examination of the lives and ideas of the Russian Cosmists. Although they wrote as scientists, theologians, and philosophers, Young shows that the Cosmists addressed topics traditionally confined to occult and esoteric literature. Their writingsexplored the extension of the human life span to establish universal immortality; the restoration of life to the dead; the regulation of nature so that all manifestations of blind natural force were under rational human control; the effect of cosmic rays and other particles of energy on humanhistory; and practical steps toward eventual human control over the flow of time. Suppressed during the Soviet period and little noticed in the West, the ideas of the Cosmists have in recent decades been rediscovered and embraced by many Russian intellectuals.

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a controversial school of Russian thinkers emerged, convinced that humanity was entering an advanced stage of evolution and must assume a new, active, managerial role in the cosmos. In the first account in English of this fascinating school,George M. Young offers a dynamic and wide-ranging...

George M. Young is a Fellow at The Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. The Spiritual Geography of Russian Cosmism2. Forerunners of Russian Cosmism3. The Russian Philosophical Context4. The Religious and Spiritual Context5. The Russian Esoteric Context6. Nikolai Fedorovich Fedorov (1829-1903), the Philosopher of the Common Task7. The ''Common Task''8. The Religious Cosmists9. The Scientific Cosmists10. Promethean Theurgy11. Fedorov's Twentieth-Century Followers12. Cosmism TodayNotesBibliographyIndex