The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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“Nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom.” –The Grand Inquisitor” “Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” - Father Zosima. These two quotes voice the polarized philosophies that impregnate the book, The Brothers Karamazov. Ivan, the second of the three sons, and Zosima, the old monk, are huge commentators on the question, “Is the burden of free will to much for a human to bear?”
Ivan’s philosophy revolves around the idea that free will, the choice to choose the good or the bad, is too much to bear. The bulk of his philosophy is formed for the reader in his epic tale entitled “The Grand Inquisitor.” It talks about free will, and how unfair it was for Christ to give it to humanity. He argues that humanity on the whole cannot sustain itself because they again and again choose the bad. The Grand Inquisitor oppose...

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