MIGUEL SERVET’S ANTHROPOLOGICAL OPTIMISM

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ANTROPOLOGIChESKII OPTIMIZM MIGELYa SERVETA
Author(s): 
Burgete Ayala Marina
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No.4 (Vol.54)
Pages: 
136-149
Abstract: 

The article is devoted to Miguel Servet (Michael Servetus, Spain – Miguel Serveto, also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel Serveto, Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve) – the XVI century Spanish thinker who was recognized as a heretic and burnt at the stake in Geneva in 1553.The author discusses the specifics of Servet’s philosophical system, the scientific background of his system, and his key ideas that have become a matter for auto-da-fė. The author argues that Servet’s concept was aimed to reconstruct the “pure” Christian dogma, although he was not a professional theologist. The author claims that Servet used the deep knowledge in geography, astronomy, medicine, linguistics to create his complex system which was aimed to rescue the mankind from total destruction (Apocalypse). The author claims that Servet’s system could be considered as an example of interdisciplinary approach in the pre-disciplinary epoch. Moreover, Servet’s approach to the problem of personal salvation and the transformation of the humane nature is based on empirical scientific data. Hence, it is appropriate to consider his philosophical system as a mixture of theology, natural science and humanities.

Keywords: 
Miguel Servet, antitrinitarians, Christianity revival, interdisciplinary approach, anthropological optimism, responsibility, thinking, freedom
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DOI: 
10.5840/eps201754478
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