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1. Speaking about showing love for his fellow men, Ivan says, "One can love one's neighbor in the abstract, or even at a distance, but at close quarters it's almost impossible." However, Ivan does not think that this is true of children; since he thinks that children are almost universally lovable. What reasons does Ivan give for this belief? He explains in his readings that, “ the children haven’t eaten anything, and are so far innocent”. Ivan believes that grown ups have sinned then learned what is good and bad; however, they continue to sin. Whereas, children are innocent and have to pay for their fathers’ sins no matter what the children do. Therefore it is easy to love children because you should feel for them. 2. This is a tough one, but be as honest as you can. Ivan asks Alyosha the following question: " Tell me yourself, I challenge your answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny
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Unformatted text preview: withthe object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature—that baby beating its breast with its Fst, for instance—and to found that ediFce on its unavenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.” ***** If Ivan had asked you this question, how do you think you would answer and why? I would not be the architect for this. I would rather create nothing than a world that relied on one person to be tortured. Ivan would disagree and be disappointed if another world would be crated like this. He does not believe that one person should be responsible for the entire worlds mistakes and sins....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 105 taught by Professor Heter during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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