Restoring the Inner Heart

Restoring the Inner Heart

The Nous in Dostoevsky's Ridiculous Man

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Format
Paperback, 160 pages
Published
1 Oct 2019
ISBN
9781942699125
Status
Forthcoming
Dimensions
8.5 in x 5.5 in
Edition
1
Format
Kindle
Published
1 Oct 2019
ISBN
9781942699231
Status
Active
Format
EPUB
Published
1 Oct 2019
ISBN
9781942699224
Status
Active

— About the Book —

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.

— Author Biography —

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.

— Contents —

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

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