• Unit 3: Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and essayist whose literary works are foundational texts in the history of existentialism. Dostoevsky (sometimes spelled Dostoyevsky) explored the loneliness and desperation of the human condition. He viewed the human condition as constrained by social, political, and economic institutions and limited by God, whose existence, Dostoevsky argued, imposes limits on human existence. This unit will guide you in an exploration of the main existentialist themes in Dostoevsky's literary works, paying special attention to the concepts of human freedom and moral responsibility in Notes from the Underground (1864) and "The Grand Inquisitor" (1880).

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 6 hours.

    • 3.1: Dostoevsky on the Problem of Freedom

    • 3.2: Dostoevsky on Revolution

    • 3.3: Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground"

    • 3.4: Dostoevsky on Morality

    • 3.5: Dostoevsky on Reason

    • 3.6: Dostoevsky's "Grand Inquisitor"

    • Unit 3 Assessment