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A Russian philosopher: The life and work of Semen Liudvigovich Frank, 1877-1950.

Boobbyer, Philip Christopher (1992) A Russian philosopher: The life and work of Semen Liudvigovich Frank, 1877-1950. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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This thesis offers the first full-length historical biography of Semen Frank. Frank is well-known as one of the most important representatives of Russian 20th century philosophy, and as a contributor to the famous collection of essays of 1909, Vekhi. Apart from that, he is a slightly obscure figure. This thesis attempts to rectify that by putting his work in the context of his time and his own personal Journey. It reveals the extent to which his philosophical Journey was a response to personal problems, how his thought was In some way confessional. Frank's philosophy was closely linked to his religious ideas and experiences, and this biography outlines the motives and landmarks of his spiritual Journey. In addition it shows how his ideas, even those which were most abstract, were often responses to contemporary social challenges. Although the thesis contains a lot of information and comment about Frank's philosophical ideas and development, its focus is primarily historical. In providing a detailed account of Frank's life both in Russia and in emigration, it offers an insight into the dilemmas of the generation who were forced to leave Russia after the Bolshevik revolution. The thesis contains a lot of new information about Frank's life and work. In particular, this involves material from the archives in Moscow and St Petersburg, from the Bakhmeteff Archive at Columbia University in Jew York and the Solzhenitsyn Archive in Vermont, and from correspondence and family papers held in private hands. It has also benefited from extensive Interviews with Frank's sons and daughter and other friends.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy, Biography
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses

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