Title

Ivan’s Children: Suffering for the Infinite?

Presenter Information

Nelson Shreve

Department

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Major

Physics

Research Advisor

Dittmer, Joel P.

Advisor's Department

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

Abstract

In Dostoevsky’s last novel, The Brothers Karamazov, he attempts to secure the existence of God. While writing a compelling story he also establishes a framework for his argument. He first tries to put an argument against God with a “rebellion”, and then he immediately builds up an artistic argument for God. The discussion against God is look into the problem of evil with an interesting twist: the suffering of children. Dostoevsky goes on to reply to this argument, but does he succeed?

Biography

Nelson is a senior in Physics. He is a LEAD Peer Learning Assistant and tennis instructor. Following completion degree he plans to continue on to medical school.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Third place

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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Ivan’s Children: Suffering for the Infinite?

Ozark Room

In Dostoevsky’s last novel, The Brothers Karamazov, he attempts to secure the existence of God. While writing a compelling story he also establishes a framework for his argument. He first tries to put an argument against God with a “rebellion”, and then he immediately builds up an artistic argument for God. The discussion against God is look into the problem of evil with an interesting twist: the suffering of children. Dostoevsky goes on to reply to this argument, but does he succeed?