New PDF release: A Russian Philosophe Alexander Radishchev 1749–1802

By Allen McConnell

ISBN-10: 940152162X

ISBN-13: 9789401521628

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." many of the Russians have been frightened to benefit"

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88. CHAPTER III LEIPZIG UNIVERSITY II INTRODUCTION TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT Remember that it is necessary to have rules in life in order to be blessed. and that one must be steadfast in one's thought in order to die without fear. THEODORE USHAKOV The Russian students' sufferings under Major Bokum had acquainted them at first hand with despotic power. " It was a stirring time for Radishchev because of the friendships he made, because of the heroic example of Ushakov and because of his introduction to the Enlightenment in classes and readings.

3 The three students had been away almost five years, and many changes had been taking place. The students occasionally had had news of these changes from Russian visitors, especially after 1768, when Russia was at war with the Sublime Porte. These visitors included Count Theodore Orlov, who interested the students in Helvetius, his brother, Count Aleksei Orlov, who originally suggested sending the students to Leipzig, Fonvizin's brother, members of Catherine's Society for the Translation of Foreign Books, members of the Legislative Commission and diplomats passing through Leipzig, giving the students news.

3 It is hard to realize today when reading Gellert's Fables, with their smug and kleinzugig wisdom, his Spiritual Odes, with their proper, decorous praise for the Almighty, that this shy bachelor scholar was popular with all classes and ages in Germany, from princes visiting Leipzig in order to hear his public lectures to chambermaids who wished to kiss his hands. 4 He represented in Germany the rising concern with the individual and his feelings, a turning away from public life to explore, with a humorous smile or sympathetic tears, the goodness and the foibles of the human heart.

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