at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

"The philosophy of any European country might pride itself with Solov'ëv"
(Nikolaj Berdaev, "Filosofskaja istina i intelligentskaja pravda", in: Vekhi, p. 38)

Organized by:

  • University of Nijmegen ( Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology, Institute of Eastern Christian Studies)
  • Institute for Missiological and Ecumenical Research, Utrecht University
  • Transnational Vladimir Solovyov Society

Sponsored by:

  • Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Nijmegen
  • IIMO, Utrecht University
  • Department of Metaphysics, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nijmegen
  • Department of Social and Political Philosophy, Fac. of Philosophy, University of Nijmegen
  • Faculty of Theology, University of Nijmegen


  • Tuesday evening 15 September - Friday 18 September 1998


Registration Form(Word6.0-Doc.)

General Information


arrivals and check-in

from 18.00 onwards: registration in the Aula/Congresgebouw

19.30, Aula Minor: welcome addresses

20.00 - 21.30, Aula Minor: plenary session: key note addresses:

1. Sutton, dr Jonathan [Dept. of Modern Slavonic Languages, University of Leeds]: Vl. Solovyov: Reconciler and Polemicist

2. Walicki, prof Andrzej [ Dept of History, University of Notre Dame]: Solovyov's Theocratic Utopia and Two Romantic Poets: A. Mickiewicz and F. Tyutchev

21.30: welcome drinks


09.30 - 12.00: three parallel panel sessions (4 papers per session, max. 30 minutes per paper)

A. Theoretical philosophy and Metaphysics

1. Ehlen, prof. Peter [Hochschule für Philosophie, München]: Solovyov's Rejection of the Substantiality of the Human Ego

2. Motroshilova, prof Nelli V. [Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow] : Novye temy filosofstvovanija u Vl. Solov'ëva

3. Swiderski, prof Edward [Institut Interfacultaire de l'Europe Orientale et Centrale, University of Fribourg]: Teoreticheskaja filosofija: The Critical Turn That Didn't Happen

4. Rashkovskij, dr. Evgenij B. [Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow]: 'Three Justifications': Some Pivotal Philosophical Themes of Vl. Solovyov's Last Decade (participation yet uncertain)

B. Church and Christianity

1. Bercken, prof Wil v.d. [Institute for Missiological and Ecumenical Research, University of Utrecht]: Solovyov's Conception of the Church: Between Utopia and Ideal

2. Glazov, dr. Gregory [University of Oxford]: Vladimir Solovyov on Laity

3. Helleman, prof. Adrian A. [Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University]: Solovyov and Protestantism

C. Literary aspects I

1. Karasev, dr. Leonid [Institute of Advances Studies for the Humanities, Moscow]: Vl. Solovyov and A. Platonov: A View of Shame (participation yet uncertain)

2. Lappo-Danilevski, dr Konstantin [Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences (St.Petersburg branch) / Marburg University]: Vl. Solovyov and Vyacheslav Ivanov

3. Marchenkov, Vladimir [Ohio State University]: Vl. Solovyov and Vyach. Ivanov: Two Theurgic Mythosophies

4. Neginsky, dr Rosina [University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign]: Between F. Nietzsche and Vl. Soloviev: Zinaida Hippius' Vision of Love in her Poetry and Prose

12.00 - 13.00: lunch

13.00 - 15.00: three short parallel sessions (3 papers per session)

D. Plato, Platonism, and Neo-Platonism

1. Gavrjushin, prof. Nikolaj [Moscow Theological Academy, Sergiev Posad]: Solovyov and Christian Platonism in Russia

2. Meerson, Rev. Dr. Michael A. [Bethesda, MD]: The retrieval of Neo-Platonism in Solovyov's Trinitarian Synthesis

3. Nethercott, dr. Frances [University of Nijmegen]: Solov'ëv and the Russian Translation of Plato

E. Vl. Solovyov and the Orient (Judaism, Islam, China)

1. Halpérin, prof. Jean [University of Fribourg / Centre of Jewish Studies, University of Geneva]: How Vl. Solovyov Listened to Israel

2. Mezhuev, dr. Boris V. [Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University]: Discussion About China: Vl. Solovyov and A. Ukhtomsky in 1900 (participation yet uncertain)

3. Roshchin, Mikhail [Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow]: Vladimir Solovyov and Islam (participation yet uncertain)

4. Zhuravskij, dr Aleksej [Biblical Theological Institute, Moscow], The Image of the Orient in the Religious and Philosophical Thought of Vl. Solovyov

F. Ethics

1. Loiko, dr. Olga [Tomsk Polytechnical University]: The Problem of Social Memory in the Works of V.S. Solovyov (participation yet uncertain)

2. Mineva, prof. Emilia [Dept. of Philosophy, Sofia University]: Vladimir Solovyov on the Meaning of Life (participation yet uncertain)

3. Mirchev, dr. Dimiter [Dept. of Sociology, Sofia University]: Contemporary Reading of Ethical System of Vladimir Solovyov (participation yet uncertain)

4. Simons, dr Anton [CEKUN, University of Nijmegen]: Fighting the Worship of Holes - Solovyov's Polemical Ethics in Justification of the Good and in Three Conversations

15.00 - 16.00: presentations of editions, translations, projects, journals, et cetera

16.00 - 18.00: three short parallel panel sessions (3 papers per session)

G. Mysticism and Religious Experience:

1. Faradjev, Kirill [RGGU, Moscow]: Hesitation as an Impulse for Religious Philosophy and for the Search of Mystical Feelings; rubr. mysticism and religious experience (participation yet uncertain)

2. Khoruzhij, prof. Sergej S. [Institute of Man, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow]: Mystical versus Social: the Problem as seen and solved by Vl. Solovyov and the Orthodox Ascetic Tradition

3. Lathouwers, prof. emer. Ton [University of Leuven]: Solov'ëv's Concept of Sophia and the Concept of Prajna-Paramita in Mahayana-Buddhism: A Comparison

4. Wenzler, prof.dr. Ludwig [Universität Freiburg; Katholische Akademie Freiburg (Br.)]: The Correlation of Esthetic and Religious Experience in Vladimir Solov'ëv

H. Literary aspects II

1. Hesse, dr. Petra [Slawisches Seminar, University of Basel]: Vl. Solov'ëv 'Jocose' Verse in Relation to his Serious Poetry

2. Loseff, prof. Lev [Dept. of Russian, Dartmouth College]: Good Poetry and Bad Poetry According to Solovyov

3. Weststeijn, prof Willem [Dept of Slavistics, University of Amsterdam]: Vladimir Solovyov's Poetry

l. Solovyov in Relation to German Idealism

1. Bielfeldt, dr. Sigrun [Slawisches Seminar, Tübingen University]: Bogochelovechestvo und Subjektivität; Solov'ëv und Schellings Freiheitsschrift ;

2. Heyde, prof Ludwig [Dept. of Metaphysics, University of Nijmegen], Vl. Solov'ëv's Critique of Abstract Western Philosophy

3. Valliere, prof Paul [Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Butler University]: Solovyov and the "Philosophy of Revelation" [Schelling's Philosophie der Offenbarung]

19.30, Erasmusgebouw: meetings of Societies:

Transnational Vladimir Solovyov Society

Forschungsgruppe �Russische Philosophie"

SEET editorial board



09.30 - 12.30: three parallel panel sessions (4 or 5 papers per session)

J. Philosophy of Right and Political Philosophy

1. Gaut, prof. Greg [Dept. of History, St. Mary's University of Minnesota]: Vladimir Solovyov's Concurrence with Russian Liberalism

2. Karskens, prof. Machiel [Dept. of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Nijmegen]: The Political Philosophy in Solov'ëv's Opravdanie dobra

3. Senyushkina, dr. Tatiana [Simferopol State University]: Solovyov's Philosophy of Right: Morality and Law (participation yet uncertain)

4. Terpstra, dr Marin [Dept. of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Nijmegen]: Solovyov's Notion of Theocracy in the History of Political Theology

5. Zweerde, dr Evert van der [Dept. of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Nijmegen]: From Free Theocracy to Civil Society

K. Solov'ëv - his Successors and Critics I

1. Batova, dr. Natasha [International Pedagogical University, Magadan]: Two Positions. Unity and Contradiction (participation yet uncertain)

2. Belkin, Dmitrij [Institut f. Osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Tübingen University]: Ludolf Müller about Vl. Solovyov

3. Haney, dr. Frank [Institut für Philosophie, Potsdam University]: Solovyov and Florensky - Coincidences and Differences in their Relation to Science and Rationality

4. Hunt, prof. Priscilla [University of Massachusetts]: 'George Florovsky's Battle Against Sophiology and the Novgorod Sophia Icon'

5. Dennes, dr. Maryse [Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III]: V. Solov'ëv i G. Florovskij: the Russian Idea and the Way to Overcome a Certain Polemic

6. Kozyrev, dr. Aleksej P. [Moscow State University]: Bulgakov and Florovskiy: the Experience of Return to Solovyov (participation yet uncertain)

L. Vladimir Solov'ev and Lev Shestov:

1. Desmond, prof. William [Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven] : God Beyond the Whole: Between Solovyov and Shestov

2. Gottschalk, Philip A. M.A. [Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven]: Vladimir Solovyov: Pro et Contra

3. Goubergen, dr. Martine van [Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Brussels]: Why Shestov mistrusted Solovyov

4. Schulz, dr. Sergej [Rostov State University]: The Eschatology of Solovyov and Shestov (participation yet uncertain)

12.30: lunch or lunch and excursion

19.00: dinner in the Johannes XIII Hall


09.30 - 12.00: three parallel panel sessions (4 papers per session)

M. Sophia, Wholeness, Immortality:

1. Gardner, mr. Clint [President of the Transnational Vladimir Solovyov Society]: Vl. Solovyov: His Search of Wholeness

2. Helleman, dr. Wendy Elgersma [Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University]: Title: Solovyov and Sophia

3. Pugachëv, dr. Oleg S. [Dept. of Philosophy, State Academy of Agriculture, Penza]: The Conception of Immortality in Solovyov's Philosophy (participation yet uncertain)

4. Slesinski, rev Robert [SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Bethlehem PA]: Sophiology as a Metaphysics of Creation According to V.S. Solovyov

N. Solovyov in Russia I

1. Bar-Yosef, prof. Hamutal [Ben Gurion University, Jerusalem]: Solovyov in Russian Jewish Literature

2. Courten, Manon de [University of Nijmegen]: Conceptions of Russian History: Sergej M. Solov'ëv and Vladimir S. Solov'ëv

3. Nosov, dr. Aleksandr A. [Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow]: Russia is Reading Solovyov (1905-1917) (participation yet uncertain)

4. Vishnevetskyj, prof. Igor G. [Emory University]: Sergei Solovyov (mladshij) as a Historian of Philosophy and Culture

O. Solov'ëv - his Successors and Critics II

1. Benevich, dr Grigorij [School of Religion and Philosophy, St.Petersburg]: The Notion of the 'Androgynous' in Vladimir Solovyov and its Transformation in the Religious Thought of Mother Maria (Skobtsova)

2. Breckner, dr Katharine [Hamburg University]: The Vision of Christian Socialism from S.N. Trubetskoj, S. N. Bulgakov and N.K. Berdjaev in the Line of Vl. Solov'ëv

3. Kaukhchishvili, prof. Nina [Università di Bergamo]:

4. Klimenko, prof emer. Michael [University of Hawaii, Honolulu]: Soloviev's Universal Utopia of Theocracy and Berdiaev's Answer

5. Proyart, prof.emer. Jacqueline de [Université de Bordeaux III (Michel de Montaigne) / Institut d'études slaves, Paris]: La vision de l'Église chez Soloviev et Berdiaev

12.00 - 13.00: lunch

13.00 - 15.30: two parallel panel sessions (4 papers per session)

P Solovyov in Russia II

1. Artemieva, prof. Tatiana [Institute of Human Studies, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg]: The Secret Ways of the Russian Spirit (participation yet uncertain)

2. Borisova, dr. Irina V. [Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow]: Solovyov and Lopatin: Friendship and Polemics (participation yet uncertain)

3. Filonenko, dr. Aleksandr [lecturer in Philosophy, Religious and Cultural Studies, Khar'kov State University]: Solov'ëv i Skovoroda: Religion as Vulnerability (participation yet uncertain)

4. Lazari, prof. Andrej de [University of Lodz]: Nikolai Strakhov and Vladimir Solovyov

5. Schrooyen, drs Pauline [University of Nijmegen]: The Idea of Messianism in the Works of Kireevskij and Solov'ëv

Q. Apocalypsis, Godmanhood, and Cosmism

1. Hagemeister, dr Michael [Lotman-Institut für russische und sowjetische Kultur, Ruhr-Universität Bochum]: Vladimir Solovyov and Sergei Nilus: Apocalypticism and Anti-Semitism

2. Ivanov, dr. Valerij [Dept. of Philosophy, Kurgan State University]: Godman or Mangod? Vl. Solovyov and F. Nietzsche (participation yet uncertain)

3. Kotchetkova, ms. Tatjana [Faculty of Philosophy, Kiev National University]: Godmanhood in the Interpretation of Vladimir Solovyov and the Problem of Actualisation of Human Essence (participation yet uncertain)

4. Poljakov, prof Leonid [Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences]: On the Problem of Evil in Vl. Solovyov: the Soul of the World and Anti-Christ (participation yet uncertain)

5. Troncale, Joe: Vl. Solov'ëv and Russian Cosmism

16.00 - 18.00: Aula Minor: Concluding session (forum discussion / presentations by panel chairs)

Aula/Congresgebouw, University of Nijmegen

Comeniuslaan 2

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands


The congress will be held in the Main Auditorium and Conference Center of the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Visiting address 'Aula/Congresgebouw', Comeniuslaan 2.

Secretary of the Congress Registration

Conference Agency University of Nijmegen

c/o Marie-José Verbeek

P.O. Box 9111

6500 HN Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 24 361 59 68

Telefax: +31 24 356 79 56


Registration and payments

To register please complete the registration form and send it before 1 June 1998 to the Conference Agency.

Registration will not be valid until the required fee has been received. All payments should be made in NLG.

About 15 June 1998 your registration will be confirmed.

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