Forgiveness and Solidarity in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov, explores the question of God’s existence against the backdrop of suffering and betrayal within a troubled family. The genius of Dostoevsky is to have grasped that there can be no love for human beings without a love for God — and conversely, there can be no belief in God without a deep and profound love for mankind. Prof. Healy will present a brief overview of the structure and characters of the novel, focusing on the themes of solidarity and forgiveness.

About the Speaker

Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C. He received his doctorate from Oxford University, with a dissertation on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

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Posted on September 10, 2018