Russian religious renaissance
Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
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AbstractThis article provides a reading of Vladimir Solovyov&#8217;s philosophy as expressed in his &#8216;Lectures on Divine Humanity&#8217; and &#8216;The Meaning of Love&#8217;. It seeks to unpack his eclectic thought in order to answer the question of whether there is a Jewish Kabbalistic influence on the Russian thinker amidst his usual platonic, gnostic, and Schellengian tropes. Interested as a young man in Jewish Mysticism, Solovyov fluctuates in his &#8216;Lectures on Divine Humanity&#8217; between a platonic reading of Schellengian Gnosticism and some elements of Kabbalistic origin. In &#8216;The Meaning of Love&#8217;, he develops a notion of love that puts him very close to what Moshe Idel calls &#8216;theosophic-theurgical Kabbalah&#8217;. Showing how &#8216;The Meaning of Love&#8217; completes the narrative of &#8216;Lectures&#8217;, we can affirm that there is a certain Christian Kabbalistic line in Solovyov&#8217;s thought that culminates in his theurgical understanding of love. In this sense, Solovyov might be called a philosophical Marrano as he is certainly a heterodox theosopher that fluctuates between Christian Gnosis and Christian Kabbalah, never assuming a solid identity.