Jun 30, 2022  
2017-2018 University Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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HNSM 169 - Dostoevsky, Dominican, and the Daily News

3 hours
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is in every sense a “classic” when it comes to exploring deep thoughts and sometimes subtle, sometimes explosive passions. But great literature is not the only place where thoughts and passions live. “Intellectual passions”, as the philosopher of science Michael Polanyi called them, inform the sciences and other academic disciplines in a university such as ours and an astonishing array of thoughts and passions are bundled together in the daily news. In this seminar we will read and relate three texts, each of which points beyond itself: The Brothers Karamazov, myBulletin, and the New York Times. How do the brothers in Dostoevsky’s novel teach us to understand anew both our education and the wider world? How might reading the three “texts” together illuminate our lives?



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