Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor / Edition 2

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Fyodor Dostoevsky has often been regarded as a prophet who foretold the rise of totalitarian socialism in Russia. But his political vision had deep spiritual roots. Dostoevsky's searing struggle with the question of God is famously presented in the legend of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov. Malcolm V. Jones, in his introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of The Brothers Karamazov, writes: "Sandoz's magnificent book on the 'Legend of the Grand Inquisitor' is required reading
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Editorial Reviews

National Review
Sandoz gives a convincing account of the 'Legend' as 'an allegory of the cosmic drama of the creation as this is played out in the history of mankind and in the microcosm of the human soul....' Sandoz's explication of this powerful work will make readers want to tackle it themselves, and reach their own conclusions.
Times Literary Supplement
There have been several interpretations of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor; none is a satisfying, as full or as provocative as that offered by Ellis Sandoz.
Reflections on the political aspects of Dostoevsky's philosophy and on the "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor" considered as political apocalypse<-->that is, a vision that penetrates human agony, misery, and injustice to perceive their end in the radical transformation of society into a perfect existence of peace, justice, and harmony. Sandoz (political science, Louisiana State U.) gives the Legend context and meaning in relation to (in which it appears) as well as to history. He weaves Dostoevsky's intent, as expressed in the novelist's correspondence, into the political, theological, and philosophical background of pre- revolutionary Russia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882926510
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 377
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi
Preface to the First Edition xiii
Introduction xvii
Part 1 Major Formative Factors: A Sketch
Chapter I. Roots of Russian Revolutionism 5
1. Intellectual Currents: Hegelianism a la Russe 6
2. Western Revolutionism and Ideology 18
3. Spiritual Currents: Orthodoxy, Sectarianism and Russian Myth 23
Chapter II. Faith and the Nature of Man 39
1. Man and the Divine 39
2. The Experiential Ground of Faith 43
3. Suffering and Faith 54
4. Mythopoesis and Mystical Theology 62
Part 2 The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor
Chapter III. The Legend as Political Apocalypse 75
1. Dostoevsky's Intentions: Survey of Materials 76
2. Perspective and Method of Analysis 81
3. Structure and Sources 84
4. Political Apocalypse 96
Chapter IV. Leitmotifs 101
1. Christ: The Principle of Active Love 101
2. Confessions of Faith 105
3. The Grand Inquisitor: The Principle of Negation and Rebellion 110
Chapter V. The Temptation: Trial and Apocalypse 127
1. Dostoevsky and Solovyov 128
2. Apocalypse and History 130
3. Biblical Context 144
4. The First Temptation 149
5. The Second Temptation 154
6. The Third Temptation 156
7. Culture and Crisis 165
Chapter VI. Metaphysics of Rebellion 171
1. The Devil and Ivan: Active Negation and New Men 173
2. Rebellion as Spiritual Disease 178
3. Ethical Theory 181
4. Metaphysical Rebellion 183
Chapter VII. Philosophical Anthropology 191
1. Personal Freedom and Human Nature 191
2. Time and Eternity 199
3. The Last Judgment 211
Part 3 Conclusion
Chapter VIII. The Range of Politics 219
1. The Transcendent and the Immanent 219
2. Esoteric and Exoteric Politics 229
3. The Tension of Existence: Institutions and Order 231
Chapter IX. Conclusion: Dostoevsky's Political Theory 239
Epilogue 255
Notes 285
Index 341
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