From Empirical Sex to Metaphysical Sex (S. E. Desnitsky and N.G.Chernyshevsky)


The article is dedicated to the gender aspects of Enlightenment that arose on Russian ground. The author singles out the two stages in its development. They are Enlightenment-in-Russia and Russian Enlightenment. He tries to compare the typical for these stages attempts to solve gender problems. Desnitsky’s work “Juridical Reasoning of the Beginning and the Origin of Matrimony” and Chernyshevsky’s novel “What to do” are the objects of comparative analysis.

Author Biography

Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Vinnytsia National Technical University
Applicant for PhD in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy


Chernyshevsky, N. G. (1984). What Is to Be Done? [In Russian]. Кyiv: Radianska Shkola.

Desnitsky, S. E. (1990). Juridical dissertation on the commencement and the origin of conjugality [In Russian]. In B. V. Emelianov (Ed.), Russian philosophy of the second party of XVIII century (pp. 49-59). Sverdlovsk: Ural UP.

Pustarnakov, V. F. (1999). Once more about the Essence of the Philosophy of Russian the 1860s Enlightenment and for the first time about its Crisis. [In Russian]. In M. N. Gromov, & A. V. Panibratsev (Eds.), History of philosophy (Iss. 4, pp. 57-88). Moscow: IF RAN.

Pustarnakov, V. F. (2002). Enlightenment in Russia and in France: Trial of the Comparative Analysis. [In Russian]. Moscow: IF RAN. Retrieved from
How to Cite
Kuznetsov, V. (2009). From Empirical Sex to Metaphysical Sex (S. E. Desnitsky and N.G.Chernyshevsky). Sententiae, 21(2), 143-154.

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