By Bruce K. Ward
Not a lot recognition has been given to Dostoyevsky's difficulty with the main issue of the trendy West, even supposing allusions to just about each point of Western civilization―including the political, fiscal, and social dimensions―are found in his literary works and abound in his secondary writings.
This ebook issues how to a greater realizing of the obvious contradiction among Dostoyevsky's drawback with the top reaches of human spirituality and whilst with the main distinct advancements in household and overseas politics. Ward argues that the obvious polarization of "religious" suggestion and "political" research of the West are held jointly for Dostoyevsky in his look for the simplest human order. He demonstrates not just that Dostoyevsky's observations concerning the West represent a coherent critique in detail concerning the private points of his notwithstanding, but additionally that those may be rendered extra systematic and explicit.
What effects is an incisve account of either the spiritual and the political considered Dostoyevsky, which is helping make clear what Dostoyevsky, which is helping make clear what Dostoyevsky can train us concerning the glossy scenario of the Western international and in regards to the challenge of human order ordinarily, for, because the writer states, "it used to be Dostoyevsky's nice advantage as a philosopher constantly to work out the urgent problems with his specific time and position within the gentle of the 'everlasting problems.'"
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Frank, Dostoevsky, the Seeds of Revolt /83I-I849 (Princeton, 1976). Frank's treatment of the relationship is particularly thorough and thoughtful, as is his entire study of the various intellectual influences which acted upon Dostoyevsky prior to 1849. The account which follows of Belinsky's influence on the young Dostoyevsky is indebted to Frank's study. 41 I. Turgenev, Turgenev's Literary Reminiscences (London, 1958), p. 110. 42 DW, p. 6(1873). 43 However, this same quality made him a powerful teacher and propagator of ideas.
In "Old People" Dostoyevsky states that he embraced all of Belinsky's teaching. His liberalism did entail implications that may explain this exaggeration. , to have chosen the "Nechayev" path, if things had turned that way*!. probably I could never have become a Nechayev, but a Nechayevets—for this I wouldn't vouch, but maybe I could have become o n e . . in the days of my youth. 71 As a member of the Speshnev circle Dostoyevsky was definitely a participant in a plot to print pamphlets designed to incite a violent insurrection of the Russian peasantry.
Dostoyevsky was surprised and impressed by the piety of his fellow prisoners. In The House of the Dead he describes the incredible transformation wrought during Christmas and Easter in the usually coarse, shameless, and cynical demeanour of these representatives of a people which Belinsky had characterized as "innately atheist": [On Christmas Day] one heard nothing of the usual swearing and quarreling. Everyone realized that it was a great day and a holy festival... 73 PS, p. 65. 74 75 76 77 Letter of 22 Feb.
Dostoyevsky’s Critique of the West: The Quest for the Earthly Paradise by Bruce K. Ward