PHI2204 Week 7 Reading Assignment

PHI2204 Week 7 - PHI2204 Week 7 Reading Assignment Here is one of the most poignant and powerful expressions of the theological"problem of evil

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PHI2204 Week 7 Reading Assignment Here is one of the most poignant and powerful expressions of the theological "problem of evil". While this is from a work of fiction, you can collect your own newspaper articles from today about the same sorts of atrocities as those described in this passage. So you can consider this chapter as much a philosophical work about matters of fact as it is a chapter in a literary novel. From Book 5, Chapter 4 of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky from http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/d/dostoyevsky/d72b/chapter35.html Rebellion “I MUST make one confession” Ivan began. “I could never understand how one can love one’s neighbours. It’s just one’s neighbours, to my mind, that one can’t love, though one might love those at a distance. I once read somewhere of John the Merciful, a saint, that when a hungry, frozen beggar came to him, he took him into his bed, held him in his arms, and began breathing into his mouth, which was putrid and loathsome from some awful disease. I am convinced that he did that from ‘self- laceration,’ from the self-laceration of falsity, for the sake of the charity imposed by duty, as a penance laid on him. For anyone to love a man, he must be hidden, for as soon as he shows his face, love is gone.” “Father Zossima has talked of that more than once,” observed Alyosha; “he, too, said that the face of a man often hinders many people not practised in love, from loving him. But yet there’s a great deal of love in mankind, and almost Christ-like love. I know that myself, Ivan.” “Well, I know nothing of it so far, and can’t understand it, and the innumerable mass of mankind are with me there. The question is, whether that’s due to men’s bad qualities or whether it’s inherent in their nature. To my thinking, Christ-like love for men is a miracle impossible on earth. He was God. But we are not gods. Suppose I, for instance, suffer intensely. Another can never know how much I suffer, because he is another and not I. And what’s more, a man is rarely ready to admit another’s suffering (as though it were a distinction). Why won’t he admit it, do you think? Because I smell unpleasant, because I have a stupid face, because I once trod on his foot. Besides, there is suffering and suffering; degrading, humiliating suffering such as humbles me — hunger, for instance — my benefactor will perhaps allow me; but when you come to higher suffering — for an idea, for instance — he will very rarely admit that, perhaps because my face strikes him as not at all what he fancies a man should have who suffers for an idea. And so he deprives me instantly of his favour, and not at all from badness of heart. Beggars, especially genteel beggars, ought never to show themselves, but to ask for charity through the newspapers. One can love one’s neighbours in the abstract, or even at a distance, but at close quarters it’s almost impossible. If it were as on the stage, in the ballet, where if
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2011 for the course PHI 2204 taught by Professor Garlikov during the Fall '11 term at Troy.

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PHI2204 Week 7 - PHI2204 Week 7 Reading Assignment Here is one of the most poignant and powerful expressions of the theological"problem of evil

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