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Lev Shestov

Russian theologian

1866   -   1938

country of citizenship: Russian Empire, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Switzerland, France
educated at: Moscow State University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
occupation: philosopher, university teacher
influenced by: Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Mikhail Lermontov, Anton Chekhov, William Shakespeare, Baruch Spinoza, Heinrich Heine, Martin Luther

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Lev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаа́кович Шесто́в, 1866 – 1938), born Yeguda Leib Shvartsman (Russian: Иегуда Лейб Шварцман), was a Russian existentialist philosopher, known for his "philosophy of despair". Born in Kiev (Russian Empire) on February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1866, he emigrated to France in 1921, fleeing from the aftermath of the October Revolution. He lived in Paris until his death on November 19, 1938.
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