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3 N. F. Fedorov and Russian Technological Utopianism N. F. Fedorov (1827–1903) had many notable admirers of his work during his own lifetime and exerted a profound influence on Russian intellectual life and beyond despite his relative obscurity today. Because of this some brief biographical details are warranted upfront. Dostoyevsky was a great enthusiast of Fedorov and, in reference to him, wrote to N. P. Peterson, ‘First, a question: who is the thinker whose ideas you have transmitted? If you can, please let me know his real name.
1. Technology—Religious aspects—Christianity. 2. Technology and civilization—Forecasting. 3. Future, The. 4. Eschatology. I. Title. 1 Frontispiece to Instauratio Magna. 2 ‘American Progress’, John Gast, c. 1872. 3 Drawing of Chambless’s Roadtown (1910). Acknowledgements Any work of scholarship is a product of the thoughtful and generous attention of many. This work is no exception. Many institutions helped to contribute significant resources towards the completion of this text. Regents Park College, Oxford and the Centre for Christianity and Culture provided a stimulating environment that helped nurture this book in its infancy and contributed substantial bursaries whilst completing it.
This utopian vision for science and technology then becomes ubiquitous during the 19th and early 20th centuries and owes much of its foundation to Bacon. Indeed this utopian sentiment is visible in our next figure considered, N. F. Fedorov. It is to Russia in the 19th century that we now turn. 3 N. F. Fedorov and Russian Technological Utopianism N. F. Fedorov (1827–1903) had many notable admirers of his work during his own lifetime and exerted a profound influence on Russian intellectual life and beyond despite his relative obscurity today.