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Dostoevsky



Fall 2013     Philosophy 24 - 2
Freshman Seminar:
Reading The Brothers Karamazov as an answer to electronic isolation
Fri 3-4
201 Wheeler

Office Hours: Wed 2 -4 Moses Hall 242



About a decade ago, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community [2001, Robert D. Putnam] noted our increasing disconnection from social groups. Recently, Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together argues that, thanks to instant messaging, social media, and texting, etc. we are now hyper-connected, and yet we are even more alone. But neither book shows us what it would be like to be genuinely in touch with one another. Prophetically, Dostoievsky's The Brothers Karamazov offers an account of our isolation and the origin and spread of a kind of total caring that draws human beings joyfully together.

SCHEDULE

Date
Book & Chapters Pages
Aug.  30 Book I, chapters 1 - 5 & Book II, chapters 1 - 4 3 – 49
Sept. 6 Book II, chapters 5 - 8 & Book III, chapters 1 - 11 50 – 143
Sept. 13 Book IV, chapters 1 - 7 147 – 191
Sept. 20 Book V, chapters 1 - 4 192 – 223
Sept. 27 Book V, chapters 5 - 7 223 – 255
Oct. 4 Book VI, chapters 1 - 3
256 – 296
Oct. 11 Book VII, chapters 1 - 4 299 – 333
Oct. 18 
Book VIII, chapters 1 - 8 334 – 410
Oct.  25 Book IX, chapters 1 - 9 411 – 473
Nov. 1 Book X, chapters 1 - 7
477 – 521
Nov. 8
Book XI, chapters 1 - 5 522 – 560
Nov.15 Book XI, chapters 6 - 10 560 – 609
Nov. 22
Book XII, chapters 1 - 14
610 – 694
Dec. 6 Epilogue, chapters 1 - 3 694 – 718



Dec. 13
Review


Required reading:  Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (Dover Giant Thrift Edition)
                                (approximately 50 pages a week).



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