The Brothers Karamazov: Devils, Saints and Scoundrels

Part 1: Hey, That’s My Onion

For Dostoevsky, broken human relationships have their origin in broken God relationships.

What do you think is the meaning of the onion parable?

Part 2: Dostoevsky’s Politics

How did Dostoevsky’s social world influence his thinking?  Let us know what you think.

Part 3: Notes from the Underground

Interdividuality – for Dostoevsky, there is no one – two is the minimum number for existence.

Part 4: Dialogic Truth

Are we independent and autonomous, or are we dependent and interdividual?

Part 5: The Old Buffoon

Papa Karamazov demonstrates the anatomy of an insult.

Part 6: Confessions of an Ardent Heart

Dmitri and Katya’s broken relationship.

Part 6: Confessions of an Ardent Heart

Dmitri and Katya’s broken relationship.

Part 7: The Grand Inquisitor

The Grand Inquisitor and the Question of Evil

Part 8: Ivan and Dimitri: Madness and Martyrdom

The novel’s conclusion finds Ivan lost in madness, and Dimitri struggling towards conversion.

Part 9: Back to the Onion

Dostoevsky’s answer to the question, “What do we owe one another?”