Predecessors, while amassing ample Phone Number List evidence of the imminent demise of the West, thereby positioned themselves in a lively debate within Europe. Indeed, his intellectual constructs were largely products of the European spirit. In his cultural-historical study The Icon and the Ax , James pointed to a "significant phenomenon" that has perennially Phone Number List marked Russian intellectual history: the figure of the "Western prophet who looks to Russia with his eyes searching for the realization of ideas that in the West itself they do not get the Phone Number List attention they deserve»3.
Throughout the nineteenth century, among Phone Number List these "Western prophets" were European mystics, romantics, utopians, reactionaries, and conservative Christians such as Francois-René de Chateaubriand in France, Joseph-Marie de in Piedmont-Sardinia, Juan Cortés in Spain, and Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel in Phone Number List Germany. In the course of their lively intellectual dialogue with their Russian spiritual brothers, they provided them with copious apocalyptic illustrations of European decline. The dynamics of this debate were already recognized and commented on in the 1850s. «Where did we get the idea or, better said, this melodramatic talk that the West is Phone Number List a decrepit old man who has already taken everything could of life, whose life is ending, etc.
It was the Russian literary critic Nikolai Phone Number List who asked this question , and he answered it himself immediately: "From those boring and silly Western books and articles, that's where we get it."4. This venerable old-fashioned intellectual exchange between Europe's 'West' and 'East' continues, amazingly, to this day. Today's "conservatives" in Russia tend to Phone Number List get excited about the "tyranny of minorities" in Europe, the "dictatorship of the Western creed" or, more recently, the new "kingdom" of values in the European Union. However, their omissions are often only pale imitations of the works of Western paleoconservatives or Phone Number List nouvelle (new right) intellectuals such as Paul Gottfried.