“The Reason Seeks the God ...”: Evolution of Pushkin`s Religious and Philosophical Views from the French Skepticism to German Idealism

  • Alexander Pustovit Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (Kyiv)
Keywords: atheism, German idealism, Goethe, Pushkin, religiosity, skepticism, sonata form of literary work


The article is devoted to the ideological evolution of Pushkin : from skepticism (bordering with atheism) – to religiosity. In this regard, the pagan antiquity as a whole (and skepticism generated by it, in particular), as well as the Christian culture are the two equal important sources of Pushkin's creative work. In this research the author proves the following theses: 1) the mature Pushkin `s works are deeply akin to Goethe's ones, his position in the history of Russian literature is isomorphic to that of Goethe in the history of German literature 2) the position of the majority of Pushkin scholars who argued that the poet despised " German me-taphysics", is based on selective quotations and therefore wrong 3) towards the end of his life Pushkin inclined to German idealism, and some of his works of the 1830`s have sonata (dialec-tical in nature) form; some of them are built as a dialogue of opposites 4) the commonplaces of the modern Pushkin`s myths (Pushkin Voltairean, monarchist, an Orthodox-Christian) are the consequence of a unilateral approach 5) only holistic reconstruction of his philosophical and religious beliefs makes it possible to interpret his masterpieces adequately.

Author Biography

Alexander Pustovit, Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (Kyiv)
Ph.D. in physics & mathematics, professor at the Department of philosophy in


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Pustovit, A. (2013). “The Reason Seeks the God .”: Evolution of Pushkin`s Religious and Philosophical Views from the French Skepticism to German Idealism. Sententiae, 29(2), 47-64. https://doi.org/10.22240/sent29.02.047


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