Spiritual and moral search
Efimova L., Lopatinskaia V. —
C. S. Lewis: the origins of the philosophical, religious and aesthetic views (based on autobiography “Surprised by Joy”)
// Philosophy and Culture.
– 2019. – ¹ 2.
– P. 45 - 54.
DOI: 10.7256/2454-0757.2019.2.28884 URL: https://en. nbpublish.com/library_read_article.php?id=28884
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This article examines the stages of establishment of the philosophical and religious-aesthetic views the British writer, poet, teacher, scholar and theologian Clive Staples Lewis. The authors explore the biographical and historical material of the essay "Surprised by Joy", analyze the impact of sociopolitical, literary and social life of England in the early XX century upon C. S. Lewis’ philosophical and religious views. Special attention is given to the evolution of the writer’s perception of Joy, which transformed from the childhood feeling of the joy of life through “approaching remoteness”, admiration with the beauty of nature, passion for occultism, fascination with literature, to the joy of genuine faith. The research is carried out via analyzing an extensive range of sources, including biographical, religious, philosophical works of C. S. Lewis, as well as memoirs of his contemporaries. The scientific novelty consists in systemic examination of the key landmarks in evolution of the spiritual world of the writer, his philosophic and theological views. The article reveals the influence of these stages upon further works of the writer, as well describes the factors of C. S. Lewis’ long path towards sincere and genuine faith.
philosophical and religious views, autobiography, atheism, Christianity, joy, Clive Staples Lewis, philosophy, spiritual search, gaining faith, delusion
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