A short introductionMichael Asher, FRSL, is an English writer, historian, teacher and explorer. He is the author of twenty three published books, including travel, history, biography, and fiction. The winner of several awards from learned societies, he has a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
How Idealism saved Leo Tolstoy’s life
Today’s article sheds light on the personal journey of one of the world’s most renowned authors, and the impact of idealism on his development and growth. It shows us what joins humanity together in its suffering, but also what joins it in the potential for collective healing. The power is within all of us, quietly showing us the way.
Spinoza was an Idealist
Spinoza is wrongly considered a Pantheist for whom God is simply the physical world. Instead, a careful read of the Ethics reveals Spinoza to be an Idealist, argues Michael Asher.
How Idealism—and Schopenhauer—saved Tolstoy’s life
In the grip of the nihilistic ethos of late 19th-century materialism and Darwinism, Leo Tolstoy contemplated suicide. He would be saved only by finding confirmation, in Schopenhauer’s idealist philosophy, of his own earlier idealist intuitions. Idealism would go on to deeply transform Tolstoy’s life and work, reconnecting him to the simple but profound intuitions of meaning that pervade the lives of peasants. This easy-to-read essay recounts the existential difficulties of a world-famous individual who presaged both our cultural ethos today, and the transformative opportunities offered by modern idealism.
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