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1st Edition

Law and the Christian Tradition in Modern Russia

ISBN 9780367861315
Published September 16, 2021 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.