A Resolved Discord Pnin by Gennady Barabtarlo page five of eight The intrinsic composition of Pnin poses, and the way in which it is presented underscores, an essential dilemma that must be taken up in earnest before any other. After all, one cannot but wonder, especially on first reading, whether N. In his French speech on Pushkin, Nabokov makes the following two observations that seem apt here, because I think they reflect light on N. I doubt it: one even finds oneself seduced by the idea that thought itself, as it shines its beam on the story of a man's life, cannot avoid deforming it. Thus, what our mind perceives turns out to be plausible, but not true After all, what does it matter if what we perceive is but a monstrous hoax?
Pavel Florensky - Wikipedia
In , Florensky underwent a religious crisis, connected to a visit to Lev Tolstoi caused by an awareness of the limits and relativity of the scientific positivism and rationality which had been an integral part of his initial formation within his family and high school. He decided to construct his own solution by developing theories that would reconcile the spiritual and the scientific visions on the basis of mathematics. He entered the department of mathematics of Moscow State University and studied under Nikolai Bugaev , and became friends with his son, the future poet and theorist of Russian symbolism , Andrei Bely. He was particularly drawn to Georg Cantor's set theory. He also took courses on ancient philosophy. During this period the young Florensky, who had no religious upbringing, began taking an interest in studies beyond "the limitations of physical knowledge"  In he graduated from the Moscow State University and declined a teaching position at the university: instead, he proceeded to study theology at the Ecclesiastical Academy in Sergiyev Posad. During his theological studies there, he came into contact with Elder Isidore on a visit to Gethsemane Hermitage, and Isidore was to become his spiritual guide and father.
Pavel Alexandrovich Florensky was born on January 21 N. His father, a railroad engineer, was from a family of Russian Orthodox priests and his mother was from Armenian nobility. His education included attendance at the gymnasium in Tiflis, Georgia where he displayed unusual aptitude in science and mathematics. After graduating from the gymnasium, Pavel entered the Department of Mathematics of Moscow State University graduating in with degrees in mathematics and physics.
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