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The Recipe for European Nihilism in Russian Philosophy of 19-20 Centuries.

Student: Lilit Arakelian

Supervisor: Anastasia V. Ugleva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philosophy (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The main aim of this work is to investigate the reception of European nihilism in Russian philosophy. To understand in which way the European tradition of philosophy has affected Russian nihilism, we need to firstly, understand the evolution of nihilism in the European tradition. Although there have been a lot of attempts to comprehend the nihilism and to systemize it, the field remains to be very unclear. This work present an attempt to address this problem by suggesting the complex analysis of the influence of European nihilism on Russian philosophy. Russian nihilism, although has a lot of things inherited from the European, has a lot of unique ideas. It manifested itself in different forms, in Russian literature and in the works of revolutionary philosophers. The goal of this work is to show the similarities and differences of the nihilistic traditions in the European and Russian philosophy. To understand the uniqueness of it, investigate its main categories, explore the socio-historic environment in which Russian nihilism appeared and developed. Another goal is to compare those ideas with the European tradition, to distinguish how and in which way it has affected the Russian thought.

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