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Pavel Florensky: Theology and Mathematics

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  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla Torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Föreläsare: Ruslan Lochakov is researcher at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St-Petersburg. His research interests include Phenomenology and History of European and Russian Philosophy.
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  • Arrangör: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
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The question “What is a truth?” is not only the fundamental philosophical question but also some “cross-roads” of philosophical and religious consciousness. From Middle Ages the truth is understood as a correspondence (identity) of our utterance to some state of affairs. Russian theologian, scientists and philosopher Pavel Florensky (1882 – 1937), leaning on the mathematical apparatus of Georg Kantor’s set theory, connected the concept of truth with the concept of actual infinity. In Kantor, the continuity is the partial case of discontinuity (set). Hence, the metaphysical law of identity (А=А) which is logical equivalent of continuity, has limited but not universal value. The truth is not more or less identity which can be established between some object and our statement about him. On the contrary, the nature of truth is the Being as a Difference the partial case of which is a law of identity. The understanding of Being as a Difference discloses God’s transcendence and this fact allows us to draw a parallel between Florensky’s theology and “dialectical theology” of Karl Barth.