Putin’s Favorite Philosopher Discusses Fascism (Ivan Ilyin) This Russian Philosopher Believed Russia Was Made Great by Its Orthodox Faith (Ivan Ilyin). The Russian president’s favourite thinker is Ivan Ilyin, one of the intellectuals the Bolsheviks deported on one of the “philosophers’ ships” in. Who is Ivan Ilyin, and why is Putin so indebted to this marginalized Russian figure?

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The actions of your enemy which justify your actions are always at least partly your fault, as there is always something you could have done to prevent them.

Bolshevism, he wrote, was merely the external manifestation of the internal spiritual liyin of the Russian people. Snyder is quite a high profile intellectual in the United States.

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Retrieved from ” https: I therefore developed it further in a piece I wrote for The American Conservative inas well as in a post for this blog. After AprilIlyin was imprisoned several times for alleged anti-communist activity. The authorities and nobility constantly misused their power, subverting the unity of the people.

He became the main ideologue of the Russian White movement in emigration and between and was a publisher and editor of the Russian-language journal Russkiy KolokolRussian Bell. Your comment will be queued in Akismet!

And vian, it is precisely those latter points that Putin has cited, not the former. Following the death of Ilyin’s wife inIlyin scholar Nikolai Poltoratzky had Ilyin’s manuscripts and papers brought from Zurich to Michigan State Universitywhere he was a professor of Uvan. Along with many other intellectuals he generally approved of it. Archived from the original on Putin is, as we all know, against freedom.

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A few months ago I wrote a piece denouncing a lecture by historian Timothy Snyder which, roughly speaking, proposed the following thesis: People will love it. This did not happen in Russia. It will also be total rubbish.


Get the best cultural and educational resources on the web curated for you in a daily email. As the authors put it: He understood it as a proper understanding of law by an individual and ensuing obedience to the law.

One of the problems he worked on was the question: The second approach is different. And he wants us all to jvan who is to blame for this terrible state of affairs, so that we can defend ourselves against it while there is still time. Leontiev, Ilyin, and Gumilev iyin very different treatment, with Eltchaninoff taking care to emphasize the anti-Western and illiberal parts of their philosophies. Russia Vladimir Putin reviews.

This is going to be a very long review. My aim was not to suggest that Ilyin had influenced Putin — in fact at the time I had no evidence that the latter had even heard of the former — but rather to point out that there were commonalities of outlook. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

I will cite here Ivan Ilyin: Topics Politics books Book of the day. Nor was he a Eurasianist. But his logic is undoubtedly original and poses significant challenges to the way people normally think of the ethics of violence.


While a student Ilyin became interested in philosophy under influence of Professor Pavel Ivanovich Novgorodtsevwho was a Christian philosopher of jurisprudence and a political liberal. On the first day official propaganda suggested that the Russian missile attack on the Malaysian plane had in fact been a bodged attempt by Ukrainian forces to assassinate Putin himself; by day two, Russian TV was promoting the idea that the CIA had sent a ghost plane filled with corpses overhead to provoke Russian forces.

Finally, Ilyin notes that force tends to excite the passions and undermine the moral senses of those who use it. However, with the October Revolution complete, disappointment followed. He proposes that Putin is of more philosophical bent than commonly imagined. But Yale historian Timothy Snyder —who has written extensively on both Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany—points to an earlier Russian thinker whom he says exercises considerable influence on the ideology of Vladimir Putin, the fascist philosopher Ivan Ilyin.

But there is also the Konstantin Aksakov who was something close to an anarchist. While necessary, attacking ISIS is not a morally good action. Archive All posts by date. Fiction Free Audio Books: The New York Times. Another major work of Ilyin, “On Monarchy”, was not finished. But Snyder makes a compelling case for the obscure Russian thinker as an indirect, and insidious, influence.

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