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The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers

George M. Young


In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a controversial school of Russian thinkers emerged, convinced that humanity was entering an advanced stage of evolution and must assume a new, active, managerial role in the cosmos. This book offers a dynamic and wide-ranging examination of the lives and ideas of the Russian Cosmists. Although they wrote as scientists, theologians, and philosophers, the Cosmists addressed topics traditionally confined to occult and esoteric literature. Their writings explored the extension of the human life span to establish universal immortality; the restoration ... More

Keywords: Russian Cosmists, Russian Cosmism, Nikolai Fedorov, esotericism, Religious philosophy, noosphere, immortalism, resurrection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George M. Young, author
Center for Global Humanities, University of New England