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Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Born (1828-07-24)24 July 1828
Saratov, Saratov Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 17 October 1889(1889-10-17) (aged 61)
Nationality Russian
Notable work
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Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Russian philosophy
School
  • Russian nihilism
  • Utopian socialism
  • Narodism
Main interests
Notable ideas
  • Rational egoism
  • Humans as chemical compounds
  • Materialist conception of aesthetics
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Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky (24 July [O.S. 12 July] 1828 – 17 October 1889) was a Russian literary and social critic, journalist, novelist, democrat, and socialist philosopher, often identified as a utopian socialist and leading theoretician of Russian nihilism. He was the dominant intellectual figure of the 1860s revolutionary democratic movement in Russia, despite spending much of his later life in exile to Siberia, and was later highly praised by Karl Marx, Georgi Plekhanov, and Vladimir Lenin.

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