Permanently 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 achieved polyglot and acquired a thorough understanding of dialects like Sanskrit, Chinese language, Tibetan, Latin, and Classical Greek. His parents had been surviving in Moscow when he was created. He and hockey participant Sergei Zubov both was raised in Moscow, albeit in various generations.