The concept of joy in the context of F. Dostoevskij’s understanding of the essence of religious belief

The concept of joy in the context of F. Dostoevskij’s understanding of the essence of religious... In this article I show that Dostoevskij criticized traditional Christianity, and that for him the authentic teaching of Christianity concerned the unity of man and God, the existence in man of a divine “dimension,” the opening of which allows man to become an absolute being. In the context of this understanding of man and God the concept of “joy” is an important one. This concept includes, on the one hand, the fullness of earthly human life (this aspect of joy is expressed by Dmitri Karamazov) and, on the other hand, the transformation of man and of all earthly being into an absolute and divine state (this aspect of joy is expressed by Kirillov and the elder Zosima). Dostoevskij’s philosophical outlook appears to be a development of a well known philosophical tradition, mystical pantheism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in East European Thought Springer Journals

The concept of joy in the context of F. Dostoevskij’s understanding of the essence of religious belief

Studies in East European Thought, Volume 66 (2) – Jun 3, 2014

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Philosophy; Political Philosophy; History; Philosophy; Political Science, general
ISSN
0925-9392
eISSN
1573-0948
DOI
10.1007/s11212-014-9204-3
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Abstract

In this article I show that Dostoevskij criticized traditional Christianity, and that for him the authentic teaching of Christianity concerned the unity of man and God, the existence in man of a divine “dimension,” the opening of which allows man to become an absolute being. In the context of this understanding of man and God the concept of “joy” is an important one. This concept includes, on the one hand, the fullness of earthly human life (this aspect of joy is expressed by Dmitri Karamazov) and, on the other hand, the transformation of man and of all earthly being into an absolute and divine state (this aspect of joy is expressed by Kirillov and the elder Zosima). Dostoevskij’s philosophical outlook appears to be a development of a well known philosophical tradition, mystical pantheism.

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Studies in East European ThoughtSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 3, 2014

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