Fr. Paul Florensky
A universal genius of the type more commonly associated
with early modern times than with the XX Century, Florensky
art-critic of the Æsthetic
physics (and was the first
to understand Cantor's theory of transfinite numbers)
before becoming a married priest. He was close to most
of the leading figures of the "Russian Religious Renaissance",
especially the priest-intellectuals
Sergius Bulgakov and
After the Revolution, he returned to scientific work
(primarily in engineering and applied science) while
continuing to function as a priest. His undisputed technical
brilliance and refusal to disguise his religious belief
made him a problem in the eyes of the authorities, who
could not decide whether to use him or eliminate him.
Eventually they decided on the latter; he was sent to
various labour camps (including
Solovki) and died a prisoner under obscure circumstances.
Under construction --- far from complete! Read with caution.
- V. V. Bychkov:
Esteticheskij lik bytija, (1909).
New York: X Press, 1909.
Crestwood: SVS, 1993.
The aesthetic face of being -- theology of
- K. G. Isupov and D. K. Burlaka:
P. A. Florenskij -- pro et contra. (1996).
St. Petersburg: Russian Christian Humanities, 1996.
- Fr. Herman Podmoshensky and Fr. Damascene Christiansen:
St. Paul Florensky and "Salt of the Earth", (1987).
Introduction to their translation of Florensky's
Salt of the Earth.
(Platina: St. Herman, 1987).
- Michael Silberer:
Die Trinitätsidee im Werk
von Paavel A. Florenskij,
Würzburg: Augustinus, 1984.
- Robert Slesinski:
Pavel Florensky --
a metaphysics of love, (1984).
Crestwood: SVS, 1984.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn:
Arkhipelag GULag, II, 670.
Sobranie sochinenij (Complete Works).
Paris: YMCA, 1985.
- Essays on the theology of art:
Beyond Vision --
essays on the perception of art.
London: Reaktion, 2002.
Analiz prostranstvennosti i vremeni
Moscow: Progress, 1993.
Izbrannye trudy po iskusstvo.
Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1996.
Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1995.
Crestwood: SVS, 2000.
Moscow: Paideia, 1998.
Platina: St. Herman, 1984.
Biography of the Elder
Isidore of Gethsemane Skete.
Platina: St. Herman, 1987.
Stolp i utvernzhdenie istiny, (1914).
Farnborough: Gregg, 1970.
This is Florensky's best-known work, a series of
epistles on philosophical and theological subjects.
It is regarded by many as one of the most important
Orthodox books of the XX Century, but
others view it with suspicion, as a work
contaminated with the "sophiological" heresy
of Bulgakov. Both camps tend to exaggerate
the eccentricity and obscurity of the
text, presumably because few Orthodox
since the Russian Revolution have had
the technical background in philosophy
and symbolic logic which Florensky takes
The Pillar and Ground of the Truth.
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