Mikhail Grigoryevich Pavlov (Russian Михаил Григорьевич Павлов) (November 12 [O.S. November 1] 1792 – April 21 [O.S. April 9] 1840) was a Russian academic, largely responsible for spreading the philosophical ideas of the Naturphilosophie of Schelling in Russia. He was a professor at Moscow University.
He graduated from Moscow University in 1815. After a doctorate in medicine, and two years travelling in Europe to study science, he was given a chair in Moscow in 1821, in Agriculture, Mineralogy and Forestry. Subsequently he wrote textbooks in agriculture and chemistry, and lobbied for changed agricultural practices.
Schelling appears as a kind of absentee grand master of a new higher order. The most popular university lecturer of the period, Professor Pavlov, was master of ceremonies, greeting students at the door of his lecture hall with his famous question: "You want to know about nature, but what is nature and what is knowledge?"
- ^ Dissertation (PDF) p.25.
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- ^ Billington, James H., The Icon and the Axe (New York: Vintage Books), p. 312.
- Brockhaus and Efron biography (in Russian)
- krugosvet.ru bio (in Russian)
- Moscow University page, with picture (in Russian)