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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Philosophical Presentations

In the realm of philosophy, German thinkers have dominated the Russian publishing market of late.

For example, the Kami company has drawn praise for its publication of a bilingual set of collected works of Immanuel Kant, prepared in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science and Mainz University in Germany.

Among other popular books of German philosophy are Friedrich Nietzsche in three volumes, Edmund Husserl in four volumes and two editions of Martin Luther.

The leading state publishing house, Respublika, has released a full text of Erich Fromm's "Anatomy of Human Destructiveness," known before to Russian readers only in excerpts devoted to Hitler and Stalin.

As for Russian philosophers, practically all the new books are actually only the latest editions of great Russian thinkers of the first quarter of this century: Prince Sergei Trubetskoy, Ivan Ilyin, Vasily Rozanov, Lev Shestov, Nikolai Berdayaev and others.

Another active area is religion. Several dozen books appear each month. At least half are reprints of pre-1917 material. Another third is devoted less to Christian ideals and more to an agitated polemic by "true Russians" versus "Godless Westerners."

A pleasant exception is a pocket-size book, "Being Christian" by Russian priest Alexander Men', a pastor with a devoted following who was murdered four years ago The book is being published for free distribution by Protestant publishing house. Also, Slovo publishers has just completed a seven-volume set of works by Father Men' for 42,000 rubles ($14), available at larger bookstores and at churches.