Dostoevsky's Critique of Socialism

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  1. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    This is from the mouth of Porfiry, from Part III, Chapter V of Crime and Punishment. In my opinion, it's an insightful, if brief, critique of Marxism.

  2. TheOldCourse

    TheOldCourse Puritan Board Sophomore

    One of the central thrusts of the whole book, really, is a savage critique of socialism or at least rationalistic utopianism. It's a dominant theme in many of his books but especially here and in Notes from the Underground. We probably would not agree with his preferred alternative as he could be extremely critical of Protestant republicanism as well, but there are few novelists who could better illustrate the limits of unaided human reason and the fundamental irrationalism that plagues fallen man. He is probably my favorite author of fiction and is always worth a read if you can stomach some of the bleakness that results from him probing the outworkings of atheistic rationalism.
  3. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Demons is fun, too. There the critique is mostly against neo-liberalism at first, and then it moves to anarcho-socialism.

    We see elements of a critique in Karamazov as Ivan is teasing out a few issues.
  4. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    Great minds think and well don't think. I know he kicked the habit by the end of his life but most of the proceeds from his books went to cover gambling debts.
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