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Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Grand Inquisitor

  • Ingo Juchler
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Abstract

In this chapter Juchler shows how Dostoevsky’s parable The Grand Inquisitor can contribute to our understanding of modern exploitation of religion for political purposes. After introductory sections characterizing the new religious dynamic apparent in world politics today and summarizing the story line of Dostoevsky’s parable, Juchler proceeds to analyze the relation between freedom and equality in the Grand Inquisitor with special reference to two earlier texts that Dostoevsky greatly admired—Schiller’s Don Karlos and de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. The last section of this chapter is a study of “instrumentalized” religion versus freedom and human dignity. The discussion adduces such contemporary world events as the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 and the acts committed at Abu Ghraib, Iraq, in the context of the fundamental principle of human dignity, as first formulated by Immanuel Kant.

Keywords

Grand Inquisitor Dostoevsky Fyodor Islamic State In Iraq And Syria (ISIS) Critical Review Mode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingo Juchler
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  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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