Arkady Rovner

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Arkady Rovner

Arkady Rovner ( Russian Аркадий Борисович Ровнер ; transcription Arkadi Borissowitsch Rowner; born January 28, 1940 in Odessa ; † before or on December 27, 2019 in the USA ) was a Russian -born American writer and philosopher .


Rovner comes from a Jewish family. He spent his youth in Tbilisi , Georgia. He studied philosophy at Lomonossow University in Moscow until 1965 . In the same year he was introduced to the teachings of Gurdjieff , the so-called Fourth Way , which he has represented ever since.

In 1974 he emigrated to the USA. There he studied in the doctoral program of Columbia University and the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York . He then taught World Religions and Modern Mysticism at New York University , New School for Social Research and State University of New York . From 1974 to 1984 he was in exchange with Lord Pentland . In 1980 he traveled to London and Paris and interviewed Michel de Salzmann , PL Travers and Basil Tilley . In the 1990s he became known to the broad masses through his lecture Fools of Many Lands (including Noach , Mohammed , Socrates , Pythagoras , Nasreddin and Georges I. Gurdjieff ).

In 1994 he moved back to Russia, where he became a professor at the Russian State Humanitarian University in Moscow. In 2001 he founded the Institute for the Cultivation of Inner States (ICIS). He was the author of 16 books and the editor of two encyclopedias.

His son is the composer and music critic Anton Rovner (* 1970).


  • The Third Culture (1998)
  • Merry Madmen (1997, 2001)
  • The School of Inner States (1999)
  • Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (2001, 2006)


  • Curt Johnson, Frank Nipp: Who's Who in Writers, Editors & Poets. United States & Canada, 1992-1993 . 4th Edition, December Press, Highland Park 1992, ISBN 0-913204-22-6 , p. 398.

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  1. Russian-language writer Arkady Rovner this in US
  2. Russian Jewish Encyclopedia surnames starting with the letter R