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Restoring the Inner Heart
The Nous in Dostoevsky's Ridiculous Man

By Mary Naumenko

Restoring the Inner Heart
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published: 1st October 2019
ISBN: 9781942699125
Status: Not yet published
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Category: Theology

Written close to the end of the great writer’s life, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story The Dream of a Ridiculous Man tells of a transformation of the heart and a journey from despair to joy: a joy that can be known by all through the experience of God that transcends a simply rational discourse. In this eye opening literary study, the title character and his spiritual metamorphosis are examined in depth in light of the ancient concept of Nous as it developed from the Greek philosophers to the Christian fathers. By comparing the “Ridiculous Man” to similar characters in Dostoevsky’s corpus, the author shows how an Orthodox Christian understanding of the Nous underpins Dostoevsky’s own anthropology and how his literary works in turn guide the reader toward a truer vision of humanity.

 

INTRODUCTION

PART 1: THE HISTORY OF THE CONCEPT OF NOUS FROM PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHY TO THE CHRISTIAN ERA

Chapter 1: The Nous in Hellenic Philosophy: Anaxagoras to Plato 

Chapter 2: The Nous in Hellenic Philosophy; Aristotle to Plotinus

Chapter 3: A Transition from Hellenic Philosophy to Christianity

Chapter 4: The Incarnation and Deification in Early Patristic Thought                                

Chapter 5: The Heart and the Nous in Patristic Thought                                      

Chapter 6: Purification of the Nous                                                                       

Chapter 7:  A Move Away from Noetic Perception



PART 2: THE NOUS AND DOSTOEVSKY

Chapter 8: Some Biographical Details  

Chapter 9: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man: A Synopsis and Analysis of the Story                                                                                    

 Chapter 10: Examples of Other “Ridiculous Men” in Dostoevsky's Novels



PART 3: THE NOUS IN CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT

Chapter 11: References to the Unnamed Nous

Chapter 12: A Renewed Interest in Deification

Chapter 13: Contemporary Orthodox Writers on the Nous 

                           

CONCLUSION

Acknowledgments

APPENDIX:  The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by F.M. Dostoevsky, David Magershack, Translator

BIBLIOGRAPHY

END NOTES

Index

Mary Naumenko has been involved in parish ministry for thirty-five years together with her husband who is a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. She is the translator of two books of spiritual counsel from Russian into English: Letters to Spiritual Children (Nikodemos Orthodox Publication Society) and Striving Toward God: Spiritual Advice for Daily Living (Holy Trinity Publications) as well as the author of five books in the Lives of Saints for Young People series published by Holy Trinity Monastery. She earned an M.A. in Humanities through The Great Books Honors College at Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL). Her Master’s thesis on the patristic concept of the nous in the writings of Dostoevsky provided the initial impetus for this book.



Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781942699125
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

BIC Code: DS, HPCA, HRCC8, HRCM, HRCS
BISAC Code:  LIT004110, REL049000, REL067020
Imprint: Holy Trinity Seminary Press


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