The article is dedicated to the analysis of A. Lappo-Danilevsky’s role in the life of academic scholarly corporation of Saint-Petersburg University at the turn of the XIX–XX centuries. The author investigates the reasons of his isolated position in his professorial environment and reconstructs the development of his main scientific projects appealing not only to his own scientific ideas but also to corporative mode of the Department of History and Philology. The author argues that A. Lappo-Danilevsky has succeeded in forming a new academic space (parallel to the official one) to develop his own research program.

Keywords: A. Lappo-Danilevsky, St. Petersburg University, Russian historiography, anthropology of science