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Law and the Christian Tradition in Modern Russia

Edited By Paul Valliere, Randall Poole Copyright 2022
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book, authored by an international group of scholars, focuses on a vibrant central current within the history of Russian legal thought: how Christianity, and theistic belief generally, has inspired the aspiration to the rule of law in Russia, informed Russian philosophies of law, and shaped legal practices.

    Following a substantial introduction to the phenomenon of Russian legal consciousness, the volume presents twelve concise, non-technical portraits of modern Russian jurists and philosophers of law whose thought was shaped significantly by Orthodox Christian faith or theistic belief. Also included are chapters on the role the Orthodox Church has played in the legal culture of Russia and on the contribution of modern Russian scholars to the critical investigation of Orthodox canon law.

    The collection embraces the most creative period of Russian legal thought—the century and a half from the later Enlightenment to the Russian emigration following the Bolshevik Revolution.

    This book will merit the attention of anyone interested in the connections between law and religion in modern times.


    John Witte Jr.

    Introduction: A Russian Conception of Legal Consciousness
    Randall A. Poole

    1 Law and the Orthodox Church in the History of Russia
    Paul Valliere

    2 Vasilii Malinovskii: A Russian Christian on War and Peace
    William E. Butler

    3 Mikhail Speranskii: Statesman, Jurist, Christian Thinker
    Vladimir A. Tomsinov

    4 Aleksandr Kunitsyn: Pioneer of Natural Law in Russia
    Julia Berest

    5 Konstantin Pobedonostsev: Law, Religion, and Russian Conservatism
    Gregory L. Freeze

    6 Boris Chicherin: Christian Modernist
    Gary M. Hamburg

    7 The Civic Religion of Anatolii Koni
    Tatiana Borisova

    8 Leonid Kamarovskii: Christian Values and International Law
    Vladimir A. Tomsinov

    9 Vladimir Soloviev: Faith, Philosophy, and Law
    Paul Valliere

    10 Between Law and Theology: Russia’s Modern Orthodox Canonists
    Vera Shevzov

    11 Pavel Novgorodtsev: Natural Law and Its Religious Justification
    Konstantin M. Antonov

    12 Sergei Kotliarevskii: The Rule of Law in Russian Liberal Theory
    Randall A. Poole

    13 Nikolai Alekseev: Advocate of Social Justice and Global Peace
    Martin Beisswenger

    14 Ivan Ilyin: Philosopher of Law, Force, and Faith
    Paul Valliere

    William E. Butler


    Paul Valliere is Emeritus Professor of Religion at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Randall A. Poole is Professor of History at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.