The fundamental idea of Novikov’s pieces of writing is essentially the idea of the importance of a man, of an individual. Thus, trying to look from Novikov’s viewpoint, one may see the enlightened Russia as an individual-centred society. Such society would understand that a human is the only “worthy of discussion” (Novikov p.64), because he is a basi...
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...blems and compare the possibilities to the actual situation; however, being more realistic would be more useful to bring the changes about. At that time, being aware of the status quo in Russia would be enough to understand that certain changes are needed, and these changes should be brought about gradually in the accordance with the ideals. Starting from the replacements inside the Governing mechanism as a short-term measure and making emphasis on the upbringing of the child and education of the youth would inevitably help the Russia to come closer to the ideals and achieve the Cultural Revolution through the means of reforms.
Novikov, Nikolai. On the Upbringing and The Instruction of Children.
Radishchev, Alexander. 1790. “Spasskay Polest” and “Gorodnya” in Journey From Petersburg to Moscow. http://www.ilibrary.ru/text/1850/index.html
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