By Inessa Medzhibovskaya
The 1st book-length learn at the topic in any language, Tolstoy and the spiritual tradition of His Time treats Tolstoy's adventure as a major philosophical and non secular venture instead of a crisis-laden tragedy. Inessa Medzhibovskaya explains the evolution of Tolstoy's non secular outlook in keeping with his ongoing discussion with the culture of conversion in Europe and Russia, in addition to at the calls for of his personal center, brain, and spirit. the writer contextualizes Tolstoy's conversion, evaluating his development of non secular conversion with that of alternative striking non secular converts-Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Luther, Pascal, Rousseau-as good with that of Tolstoy's countrymen-Pushkin, Gogol, Chaadaev, Stankevich, Belinsky, Herzen, and Dostoevsky. Stressing the significance of the non secular tradition of his time for Tolstoy, this learn investigates the 19th century debates that encouraged and repelled Tolstoy as he weighed arguments for or opposed to religion in his dialogues with the tradition of his time, protecting generally differing fields and disciplines of experimental wisdom. the writer considers German Romantic philosophy, the common sciences, pragmatist spiritual options, theories of social growth and evolution, and the ancient institution of Christianity. Medzhibovskaya stresses the truth that influential highbrow currents have been as very important to Tolstoy as believers and nonbelievers have been from and past his speedy surroundings. the writer argues that, during this feel, Tolstoy's conversion emerges as deeply intertextual, and this fantastic discovery aren't scale down our belief in Tolstoy's sincerity in the course of his non secular evolution, which happened either spontaneously in addition to intentionally. The polyphony of discreet religious moments that Tolstoy created through fusing in his narratives of conversion spiritual and creative geographical regions is arguably his maximum contribution to non secular autobiography.