Lecturer in Art History and Theory, American University in Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad); FWF project leader
Lise Meitner Visiting Fellow
(June 2011 – May 2013)
Pavel Florensky and the Nature of Russian Religious Philosophy
Russian religious philosophy puts forward a sorely neglected model of the relationship between religion and secularism, which represents a conscious attempt to overcome the religious-secular divide as embedded in Western culture. Challenging the common assumption that this model reflects an anti-rationalist position, my project sets out to study the writings of Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), one of the main representatives of Russian religious philosophy. Although specific to Russian culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, Florensky’s approach can help to address the issues shaping contemporary debates on religious and secular reason and to question general Western assumptions about modernity.