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Nikolay Novikov’s masonic utopia

By Bartłomiej Brążkiewicz

Abstract

Nikolay Novikov was among the first people in his country to embrace the ideals of the Enlightenment. Russia’s cultural space of that era was closely connected with the Masonic movement, part of which at that time was Rosicrucianism. Unlike its Western prototype, Russian Masonic-Rosicrucianism assimilated many features of Orthodox Christian doctrine, emphasizing the symbolic Rosicrucian desire to create and reestablish not only a perfect world on Earth, but also an ideal inner world of human beings. The best evidence of this continues to be Novikov’s public activity along with his intimate reflections and personal views voiced in the correspondence between the Moscow Rosicrucian and his friends

Topics: Russian Freemasonry, Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov, Russian Rosicrucians, utopia
Publisher: Instytut Kultury Regionalnej i Badań Literackich im. Franciszka Karpińskiego. Stowarzyszenie
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:ruj.uj.edu.pl:item/34513
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