Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some Questions on The Brothers Karamazov

Questions I'm posing to myself about The Brothers Karamazov include whether within the novel's terms moral life, good works and goodness itself are possible without religious faith, whether it's a thematic imperative that all are responsible for the sins of others, whether moastic life is idealized and whether Smerdyakov could have been forgiven and redeemed, despite his suicide.

Another question is whether Dostoyevsky really means to say that without God all is permissible, i.e. that that's how essential and fundamental religious belief is to his view of the world.

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