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Political apocalypse : a study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor
Sandoz, Ellis, 1931-
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Second edition, revised.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
357 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1410 Lexile.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky has often been regarded as a prophet who foretold the rise of totalitarian socialism in Russia. But his political vision had deep spiritual roots. Dostoevsky's searing struggle with the question of God is famously presented in the legend of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov.

Author Notes

Ellis Sandoz is the Hermann Moyse, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Part 1 Major Formative Factors: A Sketch
Chapter I. Roots of Russian Revolutionismp. 5
1. Intellectual Currents: Hegelianism a la Russep. 6
2. Western Revolutionism and Ideologyp. 18
3. Spiritual Currents: Orthodoxy, Sectarianism and Russian Mythp. 23
Chapter II. Faith and the Nature of Manp. 39
1. Man and the Divinep. 39
2. The Experiential Ground of Faithp. 43
3. Suffering and Faithp. 54
4. Mythopoesis and Mystical Theologyp. 62
Part 2 The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor
Chapter III. The Legend as Political Apocalypsep. 75
1. Dostoevsky's Intentions: Survey of Materialsp. 76
2. Perspective and Method of Analysisp. 81
3. Structure and Sourcesp. 84
4. Political Apocalypsep. 96
Chapter IV. Leitmotifsp. 101
1. Christ: The Principle of Active Lovep. 101
2. Confessions of Faithp. 105
3. The Grand Inquisitor: The Principle of Negation and Rebellionp. 110
Chapter V. The Temptation: Trial and Apocalypsep. 127
1. Dostoevsky and Solovyovp. 128
2. Apocalypse and Historyp. 130
3. Biblical Contextp. 144
4. The First Temptationp. 149
5. The Second Temptationp. 154
6. The Third Temptationp. 156
7. Culture and Crisisp. 165
Chapter VI. Metaphysics of Rebellionp. 171
1. The Devil and Ivan: Active Negation and New Menp. 173
2. Rebellion as Spiritual Diseasep. 178
3. Ethical Theoryp. 181
4. Metaphysical Rebellionp. 183
Chapter VII. Philosophical Anthropologyp. 191
1. Personal Freedom and Human Naturep. 191
2. Time and Eternityp. 199
3. The Last Judgmentp. 211
Part 3 Conclusion
Chapter VIII. The Range of Politicsp. 219
1. The Transcendent and the Immanentp. 219
2. Esoteric and Exoteric Politicsp. 229
3. The Tension of Existence: Institutions and Orderp. 231
Chapter IX. Conclusion: Dostoevsky's Political Theoryp. 239
Epiloguep. 255
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 341