Nikolai Berdyaev
1874 - 1948

Philosophy ... is the creative perception by the spirit
of the meaning of human existence.
-- Solitude and Society



Biographical Note
    by E. L. Allen
Brief Biography
    by Nino Langiulli

Berdyaev's Philosophy

Berdyaev Quotes
8th Day of Creation

Articles & Essays


Discussion List




Berdyaev Bibliography
Part IV - Books in English about Berdyaev

Chronological-flow format from previous Parts retained for purposes of developmental perspective. Works included here are those that discuss N A Berdyaev and his thought to some extent, rather than such as make some mere mention of his thought in passing.

(1938) CONTEMPORARY CONTINENTAL THEOLOGY: An Interpretation for Anglo-Saxons. by Walter Marshall Horton, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1938.

(1944) THE CRISIS OF FAITH, by Stanley Romaine Hopper, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1944.

(1945) NICOLAS BERDYAEV AND THE NEW MIDDLE AGES, by Evgenii Lampert, London: J. Clarke & Co Ltd., 1945, 96 p.

(1947) MODERN CHRISTIAN REVOLUTIONARIES: An Introduction to the Lives and Thought of Kierkegaard, Eric Gill, G. K. Chesterton, C. F. Andrews and N. Berdyaev. by Donald Attwater, New York: Devin-Adair Company, 1947, 390 p.

(1948) "BERDYAEV -- THE THINKER" by Georgii P. Fedotov, first published in Novii Zhurnal, XIX, NY, 1948; included within Fedotov book "Novii Grad", New York, Chekhov Publishing, 1952; English translation of Berdyaev section by Fr S Janos, 1995, appears at Internet Website:

(1949) THE CRISIS OF THE HUMAN PERSON: Some Personalist Interpretations. by J. B. Coates, London, New York and Toronto: Longman's, Green and Company, 1949.

(1950) INTRODUCTION TO BERDYAEV by Oliver Fielding Clark, London: G. Bles, 1950, 192 p.

(1950) NICOLAS BERDYAEV: An Introduction to his Thought. by George Seaver, London: J. Clarke, 1950, 122 p.

(1950) SOCIAL PHILOSOPHIES OF AN AGE OF CRISIS by Pitirm A. Sorokin, Boston: Beacon Press, 1950.

(1950) NICOLAS BERDYAEV: Captive of Freedom. by Matthew Spinka, Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, MCML, 220 p.

(1952) HISTORY OF RUSSIAN PHILOSOPHY by N. O. Lossky, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1952, 416 p.

(1953) A HISTORY OF RUSSIAN PHILOSOPHY by (Fr.) V. V. Zenkovsky, trans. by George Kline, New York: Columbia University Press, 1953, in 2 volumes, 947 p.

(1956) CHRISTIANITY AND THE EXISTENTIALISTS by Carl Michalson, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956, 205 p.

(1958) EXISTENTIALISM AND THE MODERN PREDICAMENT by F. H. Heinemann, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958 -- Chapter 9 "The Mystical Anarchist", p. 154-164.

(1958) FOUR EXISTENTIALIST THEOLOGIANS: A Reader from the Works of Jacques Maritain, Nicolas Berdyaev, Martin Buber and Paul Tillich. by Will Herberg, Garden City New York: Doubleday, 1958, 312 p.

(1960) REBELLIOUS PROPHET: A Life of Nicolai Berdyaev. by Donald A. Lowrie, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960, 310 p. (the most biographical biography, and includes photographs of Berdyaev).

(1960) AN APOSTLE OF FREEDOM: Life and Teachings of Nicolas Berdyaev. by Michel Alexander Vallon, New York: Philosophical Library Inc., 1960, 370 p.

(1962) CHRISTIAN THOUGHT FROM ERASMUS TO BERDYAEV by Matthew Spinka, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1962.

(1963) THE RUSSIAN RELIGIOUS RENAISSANCE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Nicolas Zernov, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1963, 410 p. (excellent reference text on the major figures of this period).

(1965) THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ESCHATOLOGY IN THE THOUGHT OF NICOLAS BERDYAEV by C. S. Calian, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1965, 134 p. (Vide under 1969 entry)

(1966-67) BERDYAEV'S PHILOSOPHY: The Existential Paradox of Freedom and Necessity -- A Critical Study. by Fuad Nucho, London: Victor Gollacz Ltd., 1967, 228 p.

(1967) NICOLAS BERDYAEV: Man of the Eighth Day. by M(arie) M(adeleine) Davy, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1967, 149 p.

(1968) RELIGIOUS AND ANTI-RELIGIOUS THOUGHT IN RUSSIA by George L. Kline, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1968, 179 p.

(1968) BERDYAEV'S PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY: An Existentialist Theory of Social Creativity and Eschatology. by David Bonner Richardson, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1968, 192 p.

(1968) TWO RUSSIAN THINKERS: An Essay in Berdyaev and Shestov. by James C. S. Wernham, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1968, 118 p.

(1969) BERDYAEV'S PHILOSOPHY OF HOPE: A Contribution to Marxist-Christian Dialogue. by C. S. Calian, Minneapolis: Augsburg Pub. House, 1969, 134 p. (reprint under new title of his 1965 work, qv. supra).

(1970) THE PERSONALIST EXISTENTIALISM OF BERDYAEV by R. Balasubramanian, Madras: University of Madras, 1970, 123 p.

(1971) THE EROSION OF FAITH: An Inquiry into the Origins of the Contemporary Crisis of Religious Thought. by Thomas A. Indinopulos, Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1971.

(1973) FREEDOM IN GOD: A Guide to the Thought of Nicholas Berdyaev. by Edgar Leonard Allen, Folcroft, Pennsylvania: Folcroft Library Editions, 1973.

(1978) BIBLIOGRAPHIE Des Oeuvres de Nicolas Berdiaev, compiled by Tamara Klepinine, Paris: YMCA Press, 1978, 159 p. (this intensely researched reference work is mostly in Russian and partly in French and in English, and whatever other languages into which Berdyaev has been translated, including Japanese. Translations of a work are listed by alphabet under that work (sic) 18, 18a-18h for "Dostoevsky" reflects editions in Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, as well as the more common French, English and German. This impressive Bibliographie lists a TOTAL of 483 Books and Articles written by Berdyaev; it lists also 1898-1905 unsigned or pseudonym articles written under Tsarist censorship. But the Bibliographie does not attempt to list "Works about Berdyaev".

(1980) TIME AND ITS END: A Comparative Existential Interpretation of Time and Eschatology. by Howard Alexander Slaate, Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1980, 297 p.

(1982) MEN AGAINST TIME: Nicolas Berdyaev, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley and C. G. Jung. by Douglas Kellogg Wood, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1982, 245 p.

(1986) PHILOSOPHY IN RUSSIA: From Herzen to Lenin and Berdyaev. by Frederick Charles Copleston, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame, 1986, 445 p.

(1988) TIME, EXISTENCE AND DESTINY: Nicolas Berdyaev's Philosophy of Time. by Howard Alexander Slaate, New York: P. Lang, 1988, 201 p.

(1992) THE DESIRE TO BE GOD: Freedom and the Other in Sartre and Berdyaev. by James M. McLachlan, New York: P. Lang, 1992, 215 p.

(1997) PERSONALITY, SPIRIT AND ETHICS: The Ethics of Nicholas Berdyaev. by Howard A. Slaate, New York, P. Lang Publisher, 1997.

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