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Tuesday, November 5, 2013DISCUSSION1: ANNAKARENINA. Optional Final: December 5thMAINTHEMESINLECTURESOFAR: ROMANTICLOVEVS. FAMILY/FAMILIAL/PROSAIC/PLATONICLOVE: romantic love = based on mystery & excitement. without having depth of knowledge about someone else, mystery, enchantment, the ‘true love’ fades away as you get to know someone more; based on mystery, excitement, transcendental experience. Family love = based on intimacy; ordinary, everyday experience. AUTHENTICITYOFTHINKING: inauthenticity characterized by Stiva in the novel; you look for argumentsthat help your side/support your thinking, as opposed to considering both sides. Authentic thinking is characterized by Levin, who constantly thinks back to his own thoughts and reflects on his opinions; heuses himself as a clarifying ground. ACTIVEVS. PASSIVEHONESTY(CLOSELYRELATEDTOAUTHENTIC/INAUTHENTICTHINKING): Passive honesty = you are truthful to yourself in the moment.Stiva is not telling conscious lies and he is honest to himself in the moment, but how he defines his own honesty depends from situation to situation.He is being honest in both situations but he is not particularly loyal to either Vronsky or Levin when he tells them both to propose to Kitty.Kitty: an example of active honesty as she considers others while making decisionsLevin, too, as he changes his views upon reflection to be as truthful/honest as possible. If you were really interested in right or wrong, you would look at both sides.

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Term
Spring
Professor
IlyaKutik
Tags
Anna Karenina, Kitty, Stiva

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