PS 4 Lecture 2 - 1 Dostoevskys Grant Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamazov(1879 Various Interpretations o Understood as a parable about the death of

PS 4 Lecture 2 - 1 Dostoevskys Grant Inquisitor from The...

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1. Dostoevsky’s “Grant Inquisitor” from The Brothers Karamazov (1879): Various Interpretations o Understood as a parable about the “death of God.” The rise of science and reasoning Reasoning replaced faith Science and reason resulted in a shaky ground about God o Some see it as atheistic (this argument is hard to sustain because Dostoevsky was religious) o Some see it as a critique on atheism o Read as a story about different strands of Christianity Conscience, free-will God representing human freedom Catholicism: authority of the church/telling humans how to live Tensions between different versions of Christianity o Humanity’s problem with handling its unique gifts (morality, language, judgment) o Existentialist Focuses on problem of human life, meaning, and purpose Meaning and purpose relating to human existence What is the meaning/purpose of life? o Cannot be answered through science and reason o
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