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By Raffaella Faggionato

The writer undertakes an research into the heritage of Russian Freemasonry that has now not been tried formerly. Her premise is that the Russian Enlightenment indicates extraordinary positive aspects, which stop the applying of the interpretative framework established for the historical past of western proposal. the writer offers with the improvement of early Russian masonry, the formation of the Novikov circle in Moscow, the ‘programme’ of Rosicrucianism and the nature of its Russian version and, eventually, the conflict among the Rosicrucians and the country. the writer concludes that the defenders of the Ancien Régime weren't improper. in reality the democratic behaviour, the severe angle, the perform of participation, the liberty of suggestion, the tolerance for the variety, the hunt for an immediate communique with the divinity, briefly the entire attitudes and behaviours first practiced contained in the eighteenth century Rosicrucian resorts constituted a cultural adventure which unfold through the complete society. Novikov’s imprisonment in 1792 and the conflict opposed to the Rosicrucian literature have been makes an attempt to thwart a tradition, in response to the independence of notion that was once taking root contained in the very institution, representing a risk to its stability.

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That bringing one's values into closer harmony with the way the world is does tend to have these consequences is difficult to explain and probably impossible to prove. I will not try to prove it. In Chapter 6 I try to explain it. If I am right that it is a mistake to focus on the normative question of what ought to matter in survival, then it would seem that the most appropriate question is simply, What does matter? But there are problems with philosophers focusing mainly on this question. One problem is that as a question about what matters to the population at large, it is an empirical question that philosophers have no special competence to answer.

Typically those who are disposed to argue that identity should not matter primarily have assumed that merely conventional considerations ought not to impinge importantly on our values, which, they say, ought to be brought more closely into harmony with the way the world actually is. Those who have argued that identity should matter primarily have tended to assume that in the case of identity some merely conventional considerations ought to impinge importantly on our values. A central question for both groups of 15 philosophers, then, is whether there is any way to show how much merely conventional considerations ought to matter.

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