Institute of Philosophy
Russian Academy of Sciences




  Konstantin Burmistrov
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Konstantin Burmistrov

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Education

  • 1985-1992 – Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geology
  • 1997-2002 – Jewish University in Moscow, Department of History and Philology
  • 1997-2002 – Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities, Department of Jewish Culture and Education
  • 2000, 2001 – Seminar on Jewish Thought for Professors of Philosophy from the CIS and Baltic States, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2002-2005 – Institute of Oriental Cultures, Russian State University for Humanities, postgraduate studies
  • 2005 – Ph.D. at the Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Oriental Philosophies. The title of the thesis is “For He is Like a Refiner's Fire”: Kabbalah and Alchemy”

 

 

Main fields of academic interest


Jewish philosophy of the Middle Ages; history of Jewish Kabbalah; Kabbalah and Jewish and Christian alchemy; European Christian Kabbalah of the seventeenth century; the problem of name and language in Jewish and Christian mysticism

 

 

Teaching and scholarly activity

  • 1992-2000 – Translator and editor in the field of religion and philosophy, St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological College and some other institutions and publishing houses
  • 1999-2005 – Lecturer in Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mysticism, Jewish University in Moscow
  • 2000– Lecturer in Jewish Mysticism, Kazan State University, Department of Continuous Education (Kazan)
  • 2000-2010 Lecturer in Jewish Mysticism, Winter and Summer Schools on Jewish Studies, organized by the Moscow Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization «Sefer» and the Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian, the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem(Moscow,  St. Petersburg, Kharkov)
  • 2006–2010 – Chief Librarian, Hebrew and Yiddish Reading Room, Dept. of Oriental Literatures, Russian State Library
  • 2007-2010 – Lecturer in Jewish Mysticism, Centre for Biblical and Jewish studies,Russian State Univ. for the Humanities
  • since 2002 – chief editor, Russian-Jewish historical-literary almanac “Parallels” (Moscow: The House of Jewish Book; 14 vols. have been published)

Current position

Senior research fellow, Department of Philosophy of Islamic World, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

 

List of Publications 

Books


Oskar Goldberg and His “Biological Kabbalah” in a Historical Context. Moscow: Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2016. 135 p., ill. [Russian]

 

Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah. History, concepts, and influences. Moscow: Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013. 266 p., 16 p. of ill. [Russian]

 

“For He is Like a Refiner's Fire”: Kabbalah and Alchemy. Moscow: Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2009. 294 p., 24 p. of ill. [Russian].

 

 

Catalogues of book exhibitions

 

Moscow Rabbi Jacob Mazeh and His Book Collection. Catalogue of the Book Exhibition from the Collection of the Russian State Library. Moscow: Russian State Library, 2018. 72 pp., ill. [Russian].

 

Books of the Crimean Karaites. Catalogue of the Book Exhibition from the Collection of the Russian State Library. Moscow: Russian State Library, 2016. 80 pp., ill. [Russian and English].

 

Jewish Book-printing in the Russian Empire of the 18th – early 20th century. Catalogue of the Book Exhibition from the Collection of the Russian State Library. Moscow: Russian State Library, 2013. 48 p., ill. [Russian].

 

230 Years of Hasidic Books. Catalogue of the Book Exhibition from the Collection of the Russian State Library, 24 November – 22 December 2010. Moscow: Russian State Library, 2010. 72 pp., ill. [Russian and English].

 

Jewish Mysticism and Hasidism. Catalogue of Book Exhibition in the Russian State Library. Moscow, 2007. 94 pp., ill. [Russian and English].

 

 

 

 

Articles


2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000  1999  1998

2017  2018

 

2018

  • ‘Ancient Wisdom Under a Cloud of Suspicion’: Differing Conceptions of Kabbalah in Russian Thought in the Late-Nineteenth to Early-Twentieth Centuries // Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts. 2018. Vol. 40. P. 183-200.
  • Russian Emigration of the 1920s-1930s in Yugoslavia and Esotericism // Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe / Ed. by Nemanja Radulović. Belgrade: University of Belgrade, 2018. P. 143-152.
  • Jewish Messianism in the Ottoman Empire from the 17th to the 20th centuries // Islam in the modern world. 2018. Vol.14. No. 2. P. 127-146. [Russian]

  • Doctrine of the Infinite in Jewish Mysticism // The Philosophy Journal. 2018. Vol 11. No. 3. P. 71-87. [Russian]
  • Boris Stolpner: Marxist, Philosopher, Kabbalist // St. Tikhon’s University Review. Series I: Theology. Philosophy. Religious studies. 2018. Vol. 76. P. 79–103. [Russian]

2017

  • Kabbalah and Martinism: Gregory Moebes and the occult Renaissance in Russia of the early 20th century // Aliter. Научно-теоретический журнал. 2017. № 7. С. 3-19.
  • Imyaslavie (Name-Glorification) and Kabbalah: On the role of Jewish mysticism in the controversy about the veneration of divine names in Russia in the early twentieth century // World Religions in History, Culture and Politics / Ed. by Evgeny Rashkovsky and Alexander Rychkov. St. Petersburg: Aletheia, 2017. P. 455–506. [Russian]

  • Spinoza and Kabbalah: Conflicts, Influences, Sources // Contacts and Conflicts in Slavic and Jewish Cultural Traditions / Ed. by Olga Belova. Moscow: Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Center  “Sefer”, 2017. P. 10-32. [Russian]
  • Spiritual Experience and Occult Experiment in Russian Esotericism of the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century // Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice. St. Petersburg: Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities Publ. House, 2017. P. 111-124. [Russian]

 

2016 

  • Oskar Goldberg and his "biological Kabbalah" in a historical context // Gnostika. Zeitschrift fuer Symbolsysteme. 2016. Heft 59. S. 89-95.
  • Kabbalah in the Doctrine of the Order of the Asiatic Brethren, in: Hans Thomas Hakl, ed. Octagon. The Quest for Wholeness. Vol. 2. Gaggenau: H. Frietsch Verlag, 2016. P. 153-175.
  • Vladimir Soloviev and Western Esotericism: the Problem of Source Studies, in: Soloviev Studies, vol. 2(50). P. 47-65. [Russian].
  • Jacob Frank and His Mystical Anarchism, Preface to the Russian translation of the book: Maciejko P. The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement 1755-1816. Jerusalem, Moscow: Gesharim Publ. House, 2016. P. 5-20 (with Maria Endel). [Russian].
  • The Books of the Crimean Karaites in the Russian State Library, in: Transactions of the Karaim Spiritual Directorate of the Republic of Crimea, N 19 (28). P. 10-12. [Russian].

 

2015

  • Oskar Goldberg and the “numeric structure” of the Pentateuch, in: Olga Belova (ed.) Number – Count – Numerology in Slavic and Jewish Cultural Tradition. Collection of articles. Moscow: Institute of Slavic Studies, Center “Sefer”, 2015. P. 32-41. [Russian].
  • Gregory Moebes and the occult renaissance in Russia of the early 20th century, in: Western Esotericism and the East. 5th ESSWE Conference. 16-18 April, 2015, University of Latvia. Program and Abstracts. Riga: University of Latvia Press, 2015. P. 29.

 

2014

  

  • Topography of Russian Esotericism: from Moscow to Harbin and Asunción, in: Jean-Pierre Brach, Aurélie Choné, Christine Maillard (eds.) Capitales de l'ésotérisme européen et dialogue des cultures / Capitals of European Esotericism and Transcultural Dialogue. Paris, Orizons, 2014. P. 71-84.
  • On the Divine Names in Jewish Mysticism, in: Journal of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University. I. Theology. Philosophy. 2014. N 6(56).  P. 55-71 (with Maria Endel). [Russian].

 

 

2013

  

  •  The Beilis Case, Kabbalah and Russian occultism, in: Lechaim (Moscow). 2013. № 9. P. 26-30. [Russian].

 

2012

  

  • A Letter of archpriest Sergii Bulgakov to hieromonch Athanasius (Petrov), in: Journal of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University. I. Theology. Philosophy. 2012. N 6(44). P. 71–77 (with Alexei Kozyrev). [Russian].
  • "I’m unaware what the ‘Russian kabbalah’ is", an interview, in: Lechaim (Moscow). 2012. № 4. P. 53-57. [Russian].

 

2011

  

  • Hasids and Their Books, in: Vostochnaya kollektsiya (Oriental Collection, Moscow). 2011. Vol. 1 (44). P. 38-49 [Russian].
  • The History of Esotericism in Soviet Russia in the 1920s–1930s, in: Birgit Menzel, Michael Hagemeister and Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal (eds.) The New Age of Russia. Occult and Esoteric Dimensions. München–Berlin: Otto Sagner, 2011. P. 50-78.
  • Modern Jewish Philosophy, a chapter for the online version of the New Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. 2011. [Russian].
  • Jewish Mysticism. Kabbalah, a chapter for the online version of the New Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. 2011. [Russian].
  • “Shabbetai Zvi, kabbalist and false messiah”, an interview, in: Lechaim (Moscow). 2011. № 12. P. 58-59. [Russian]. 

 

 

2010

  

  • Kabbalah and Secret Societies in Russia (Eighteenth to Twentieth centuries), in: Boaz Huss, Marco Pasi & Kocku von Stuckrad (eds.) Kabbalah and Modernity. Interpretations, Transformations, Adaptations. Leiden: Brill, 2010. P. 79-106.
  • The Kabbalah as Primordial Tradition in Russian Secret Societies, in: Andreas B. Kilcher (ed.) Constructing Tradition. Means and Myths of Transmission in Western Esotericism. Leiden: Brill, 2010. P. 323-340. 

 

 

2009

  

 

 

2008

  

  • Kabbalah and Russian Symbolism: a preliminary analysis, in: Monika Spivak (ed.) Andrei Bely in a Changing World. Moscow: Nauka, 2008. P. 237-252 [Russian]. 

 

 

2007

  

  • Christian Orthodoxy and Jewish Kabbalah: Russian mystics in the search for perennial wisdom, in: Kocku von Stuckrad & Olav Hammer (eds.) Polemical Encounters: Esoteric Discourse and Its Others. Leiden: Brill, 2007. P. 46-77.
  • Vassily Rozanov and Eduard Berens: an “interesting acquaintance”, in: Modest A. Kolerov (ed.) Studies in the history of Russian Thought. Yearbook  for 2006. Moscow, 2007. P. 368-456. [Russian].
  • ‘The interpretation of Kabbalah in early 20th-century Russian Philosophy: Soloviev, Bulgakov, Florenskii, Losev’, in: East European Jewish Affairs. 2007. Vol. 37:2. P. 157–187.

 

 

 

2006

  

  • Pardes Rimmonim und die Kabbala Denudata: Zum Stellenwert von Cordoveros Kabbala in Knorrs Project, in: Morgen-Glantz. 2006. Bd. XVI. S. 181-201.
  • Gershom Scholem und das Okkulte, in: Gnostika: Zietschrift für Wissenschaft & Esoterik (Sinzheim: AAGW). 2006. No. 33. S. 23-34.
  • Kabbalah and Alchemy: on the relationship between two esoteric traditions, in: Russia and Gnosis. Proc. of the Conference. Moscow, All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature, April 19-20, 2004. Moscow: Rudomino, 2006. P. 66-87 [Russian].
  • Towards the History of Russian-Jewish Intellectual Contacts: Vladimir Soloviev and Rabbi Shmuel Aleksandrov, in: Oleg V. Budnitsky et al. (eds.) Russian-Jewish Culture. Moscow: Rosspen, 2006. P. 302-314 [Russian].
  • Andrei Bely and Kabbala (On the Place of Jewish Mysticism in the Outlook of Russian Symbolists), in: Jews and Slavs (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Press). 2006. Vol. 13. P. 265-278 [Russian]. 

 

 

2005

  

  • Christian Kabbalah and Jewish Universalism, in: Konstantin Burmistrov & Yuri Militarev (eds.) Between Myth and Reality. Collected works on Jewish Identity. Moscow: Natalis, 2005. P. 52-78 [Russian].
  • Franz Joseph Molitor, the last Christian Kabbalist, in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). 2005. Vol. 7. P. 55-67 [Russian].

 

 

 

2004

  

  • The Place of Kabbalah in the Doctrine of Russian Masons, in: Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism (Leiden: Brill). 2004. Vol. 4:1. P. 27-68 (with Maria Endel).
  • Kabbalah in the Cosmogony of Russian Freemasons (the late XVIII c.), in: Russia and Gnosis. Proc. of the Conference. Moscow, All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature, April 21-23, 2003. Moscow: Rudomino, 2004. P. 95-102 [Russian].
  • Błędy talmutowe od samychże żydow uznane: on the Origin of Judaeophobia in the 18th-century Russia, in: Festival – Rite – Ritual in the Slavic and Jewish Cultural Traditions. Collections of articles. Moscow: Sefer, 2004. P. 362-372 [Russian].
  • Pavel Florenski as a Hebraist, in: Solnechnoe Spletenie (Solar Plexus, Jerusalem). 2004. Vol. 8 (27). P. 212-218 [Russian].

 

 

 

2003

  

  • Kabbalah in European Culture: the “Kabbala Denudata” and Its Readers, in: Vestnik Yevreyskogo Universiteta (Journal of the Jewish University, Moscow-Jerusalem). 2003. Vol. 8. P. 9-40 [Russian].
  • Johann Peter Spaeth (Moses Germanus): from Christian Pietism to Jewish Kabbalah, in: Judaica Rossica (Moscow). 2003. Vol. 3. P. 51-79 [Russian].
  • Some Remarks on Kabbalistic Exegetics and Christian Dogmatics, in: Russia and Gnosis. Proc. of the Conference. Moscow, All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature, April 22-23, 2002. Moscow: Rudomino, 2003. P. 102-113 [Russian].
  • Vladimir Soloviev and Russian Freemasonry: Some Kabbalistic Parallels, in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). 2003. Vol. 6. P. 33-50 [Russian].
  • Blood Libel in Russia: the Problem of Textual Sources, in: Konstantin Burmistrov et al. (eds.) Xenophobia: History, Ideology, Politics. Moscow: The House of Jewish Book, 2003. P. 16-37 [Russian].

 

 

 

2002

  

  • Die hebräischen Quellen der Kabbala Denudata, in: Morgen-Glantz (Bern: Peter Lang). 2002. Bd. XII. S. 341-376.
  • Sefer Yezirah in the Christian and Jewish Mystical Traditions, in: Judaica Rossica (Moscow). 2002. Vol. 2. P. 49-80 (with Maria Endel) [Russian].

 

 

 

2001

  

  • Kabbalah and Alchemy – Is a Synthesis Possible? in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). Vol. 5. P. 25-36 [Russian].
  • Kabbalistic Exegetics and Christian Dogmatics: Jewish Mystical Concepts in the Teaching of Russian Masons of the Late 18th century, in: Solnechnoe Spletenie (Solar Plexus, Jerusalem). 2001. Vol. 18-19. P. 150-157 [Russian].
  • Imyaslaviye [worship of the Holy Names] and Kabbalah: On the Onomatology of Pavel Florenski and Gershom Scholem, in: Russian Philosophy: Diversity in Unity. Proc. of the VIIth Simposium of Historians of Russian Philosophy, Moscow, November 14-17, 2001. Moscow 2001. P. 34-37 [Russian].

 

 

2000

  

  • «Kabbala Denudata» Rediscovered: the Christian Kabbalah of Ch. Knorr von Rosenroth and its sources», in: Vestnik Yevreyskogo Universiteta(Journal of the Jewish University, Moscow-Jerusalem). Vol. 3. P. 25-75 [Russian].
  • Perception of Kabbalah in Russian Religious Philosophy of the late 19th–early 20th centuries: Some Peculiarities, in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). 2000. Vol. 4. P. 67-90 [Russian].
  • Notes on Kabbalistic Alchemy, in: Solnechnoe Spletenie (Solar Plexus, Jerusalem). 2000. Vol. 12-13. P. 162-181 [Russian].
  • Kabbalah in Russian Philosophy in the late 19th – early 20thcentury: Some Peculiarities of Its Understanding and Interpretation, in: Vestnik Yevreyskogo Universiteta (Journal of the Jewish University, Moscow-Jerusalem). 2000. Vol. 4. P. 37-70 [Russian]. 

1999

  

  • Kabbala in the Doctrine of the Order of Asiatic Brethren, in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). 1999. Vol. 3. P. 42-52 [Russian].
  • Kabbalah in Russian Masonry: Some Preliminary Observations, in: Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts (Los Angeles). 1999. Vol.  4. P. 9-59 (with Maria Endel).
  • [Review] J. Trachtenberg. Devil and the Jews. A Review of the Russian translation, in: Vestnik Yevreyskogo Universiteta (Journal of the Jewish University, Moscow-Jerusalem). 1999. Vol. 2. P. 356-362 [Russian].
  • The Christian Kabbalah: a Typological Analysis, in: Biblical studies. Jewish Thought. Proc. of the Sixth International Interdisciplinary Annual Conference on Jewish Studies. Part 1. Moscow 1999. P. 180-196 [Russian].
  • On the Acquaintance with Jewish Mysticism in Russian Religious Philosophy (late 19th-early 20th centuries), in: Image of World: Structure and Wholeness. Moscow 1999. P. 184-192 [Russian].

 

 

 

 

1998

  

  • Christian Kabbalah and perception of Jewish mysticism, in: Tirosh. Studies in Judaica (Moscow). 1998.Vol. 2. P. 31-44 [Russian].
  • Vladimir Soloviev and Kabbalah: A preliminary analysis, in: Studies in the history of Russian Thought. Yearbook for 1998. Moscow 1998. P. 7-104 [Russian].
  • Tradition of Kabbalistic Alchemy and the Treatise «Aesh-Mezareph» (late 16th - early 17th cent.), in: Jewish Civilization. Proc. of the Fifth International Annual Conference on Jewish Studies. Moscow 1998. P. 69-71 [Russian].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts:

kburmistrov@hotmail.com