Toward Another Shore

Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance
Author(s): 
Kelly, Aileen M.
ISBN: 
0300070241
Date published: 
August 1998
Paperback
Price: 
£25.00
Pages: 
448

In this thought-provoking book, an internationally acclaimed scholar writes about the passion for ideology among nineteenth- and twentieth- century Russian intellectuals and about the development of sophisticated critiques of ideology by a continuing minority of Russian thinkers inspired by libertarian humanism. Aileen Kelly sets the conflict between utopian and anti-utopian traditions in Russian thought within the context of the shift in European thought away from faith in universal systems and 'grand narratives' of progress towards an acceptance of the role of chance and contingency in nature and society.