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Re: Why Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1406  Thursday, 7 June 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 09:15:08 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1379 Re: Why Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 19:11:30 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1379 Re: Why Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 12:03:06 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1398 Re: Why Shakespeare


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Jun 2001 09:15:08 -0700
Subject: 12.1379 Re: Why Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1379 Re: Why Shakespeare

Gabriel writes,

>Miss SMALL's claim was that a writer would not dramatize the successful
>refutation of a view held by the writer. This betrays, I submit, a
>feeble literary sense (low 40s on the undergraduate percentage scale).
>Dostoyevsky did indeed dramatize such a refutation: Ivan succeeds in
>refuting Alyosha's justification of the existence of evil.

I'm wondering if the passage cited was actually a refutation of a claim
held by the author.  What was Dostoyevsky's personal justification of
the existence of evil?  I would tend to think that, as an
existentialist, Dostoyevsky would have been rather impatient with such
pat casuistries, while building his faith on different and more
experiential grounds.

Cheers,
Se

 

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