Lev Lopatin

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Lopatin, Lev Mikhailovich


Born June 1, 1855, in Moscow; died there, Mar. 21, 1920. Russian idealist philosopher.

In 1879, Lopatin graduated from Moscow University, where he later became a professor. He edited the journal Voprosy filosofii i psikhologii (Problems in Philosophy and Psychology) and in 1899 became chairman of the Moscow Psychological Society. He was a friend of V. S. Solov’ev.

Lopatin interpreted G. Leibniz’ and R. H. Lotze’s teachings about monads in the spirit of personalism, which for Lopatin had an ethical coloring, insofar as he believed that the clearest expression of the creative nature of the spirit lay in moral consciousness and the possibility of “moral revolutions” in the individual. He was one of the chief representatives of Russian idealist psychology and defended the concept of freedom of will.


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Lektsii po istorii novoi filosofii, part one. Moscow, 1914.


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