The paper considers testimonies of academic curriculum of Joseph Jamnicki, one of the most known teachers of Novgorod seminary in 1740s. The paper makes documents, which were found in libraries, museums and archives of Saint-Petersburg, Ryazan, Pskov, Yaroslavl, Kyiv, Minsk accessible for a wide circle of scholars. These documents, which are partly autographs of Jamnicki, have to do with his studies in Kyiv-Mohyla academy and with his teaching in Novgorod seminary. Two kinds of sources are considered in the paper. First are manuscripts of courses of rhetoric, philosophy and theology, which were taken/taught by Jamnicki. Second are office documents: lists of students, correspondence with the Novgorod bishop. These documents give evidence both of work of Jamnicki as an academic manager (prefect and rector), and of his pedagogical occupations: control of records of students, choice of manuals and sources for courses of lectures. Integrated study of sources, which we could find, permits to reconstruct curriculum of Jamnicki from 1738 to 1748.
Based on the compensation theory, proposed by Joachim Ritter, Hermann Lübbe and Odo Marquard, this article concerns the question of orientation in the modern society. It analyzes some consequences of the crises, in particular, emphatic search for the meaning of life. The article emphasizes the following question: can humanities, in particular philosophy, contribute to the solving of the orientation problem in the complex modern reality? The finding of the research provides the productive notions to the discussion about the meaning of humanities in the modern era.