brothers karamazov Lecture 7 10.11 - Midterm quotations to...

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Midterm: quotations to identify and explicateoquotes that represent big ideas and themesohave to do 3 out of 5oidentify quote: who says to who, what scene/chapter, who else is present, whatever else isreasonable to show that you know what the quotation isoexplicate quote: why is this important, what major theme(s) does it convey, relate to otherpassages in the book that represent similar themesread over the key passages in the book, think about them, keep their important lines in mindmake a list of key themestalking about Smerdyakov’s paradox: betraying the faith or “apostasy” is perfectly permissible, and he uses two spurious arguments that are thematically important themselveso1. before you renounce the faith, you have to decide to renounce the true faith, and so when you actually do it, you are actually telling the truthFyodor then says that you’re punished for the intention to renounceo2. Smerdyakov quotes passage that if you have faith as small as mustard seed, you can move mountain → since you obviously can’t move mountains, then you have no faith, and so might as well save yourselftheme of miraclesAlyosha believes in miracles and even expects miracles → faith in miracles is partof the same mentality that in nonreligious people, leads them to expect the solution of all problems is an act of transformation→romance of revolutionclosely related connected with the belief in anything that seems to run against human nature as we know itothe first part of Smerdyakov’s paradox depends on distinguishing the act from the wish toactwill turn out to be absolutely central both to the ideas and the plot of the bookpg 157: Alyosha asks Ivan… Ivan answers: “why bring in the question of worth? the matter is most often decided in men’s hearts on other grounds much more natural…”othere is no worth, good or bad, in laws of nature → worth has nothing to do with natural science, and natural science is all that there isoif there was such a thing as good and evil: they pertain only to actions, not to wishesalmost all moral codes in the world follow this assumptionusually actions have to take place, and then intentions may matter because of how they shape the actions; but the sheer wish that someone would be dead, they would lose all their property, etc. doesn’t do anything

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