Forever changed the landscape of 20th-century French philosophy through his integration of Hegelian concepts into Continental Philosophy.
He received his formal education in Heidelberg, Germany.
He was an accomplished polyglot and had a thorough knowledge of languages like Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, Latin, and Classical Greek.
His parents were residing in Moscow when he was born.
He and hockey player Sergei Zubov both grew up in Moscow, albeit in different generations.