Ex Oriente Lux
We believe that the Russian religious philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has great importance for Christian theology and philosophy. Russian thinkers, rooted in the tradition of the Church Fathers, avoided the theological dualism that so deeply penetrates Western thought. Such philosophers and theologians as Peter Chaadaev, Alexei Khomiakov, Vladimir Soloviev, Evgeni Trubetskoy, Pavel Florensky, Sergey Bulgakov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Georges Florovsky, and Aleksei Losev developed unique views on the relationships between religion and culture, science, philosophy, and social life, which, unfortunately, are missing from contemporary Western debate. The pressing task is to include their legacy in the context of contemporary philosophical and theological dialogue.
The series Ex Oriente Lux aims to meet this need. It serves as a way to bring Eastern Christian intuitions into the contemporary post-secular philosophical and theological context. Each subsequent volume will focus on one Russian thinker and include a selection of essays on his main ideas in historical and contemporary perspectives. The books in the series are prepared by both Western and Russian scholars, creating a space for discussion.
The books in the Ex Oriente Lux series come out of research connected with the annual conferences on Russian religious philosophy held in Krakow, Poland. The “Krakow Meetings” are organized jointly by the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland, the Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein in Granada, Spain, and the International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient in Granada, Spain.
The Next Volumes in the Series
Peter Chaadaev: Between the Love of Fatherland and the Love of Truth
Alexei Khomiakov: We are sobornost’
Evgeni Trubetskoy: Icon and Philosophy
Vladimir Soloviev: The Metaphysics of Love
Nikolai Berdyaev: A Russian in Paris, or the Meaning of History
Aleksei Losev: The Aesthetics of Symbol
Artur Mrowczynski-Van Allen