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Dostoevsky and the affirmation of life

Author: Predrag Cicovacki
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, 2012, ©2012.
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Dostoevsky's philosophy of life is unfolded in this searching analysis of his five greatest works: Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. Predrag Cicovacki deals with the fundamental issue in Dostoevsky's opus neglected by all of his commentators: How can we affirm life and preserve a healthy optimism in the face of an increasingly troublesome reality?  Read more...
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Named Person: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Predrag Cicovacki
ISBN: 9781412846066 1412846064
OCLC Number: 758243991
Description: 366 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Life without meaning --
Sorrow and injustice : a world delivered to evil? --
Notes from the Underground : evil out of spite? --
Crime and punishment: victimizer or victim? --
The possessed : is nothing sacred? --
Recovering life's meaning --
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The Idiot : the meaning of Christ's sacrifice --
The Brothers Karamazov : the gift of life --
The Brothers Karamazov : meaningless suffering --
The unwritten novel : a prodigal son returns.
Responsibility: Predrag Cicovacki.

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Dostoevsky's philosophy of life is unfolded in this searching analysis of his five greatest works: Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. Predrag Cicovacki deals with the fundamental issue in Dostoevsky's opus neglected by all of his commentators: How can we affirm life and preserve a healthy optimism in the face of an increasingly troublesome reality? This work displays the vital significance of Dostoevsky's philosophy for understanding the human condition in the twenty-first century. The main task of this insightful effort is to reconstruct and examine Dostoevsky's 'aesthetically' motivated affirmation of life, based on cycles of transgression and restoration. His central figures claim that, if life has no meaning, it is absurd to affirm life and it is pointless to live. Since Dostoevsky's doubts concerning the meaning of life resonate so deeply throughout our age of pessimism and relativism, the central question of this book is whether Dostoevsky can overcome the skepticism of his most brilliant creation. This volume includes a thorough literary analysis of Dostoevsky's texts, yet it proceeds in such a way that even those who have not read all of these novels will find Cicovacki's analysis interesting and enthralling. The reader will easily extrapolate Cicovacki's own philosophical interpretation of Dostoevsky's literary heritage. -- Publisher description.

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"When reason is not enough to grasp the paradoxes and riddles of life, then faith must come to terms with them. It is both refreshing and liberating that Cicovacki, a professor of philosophy not Read more...

 
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