Sunday, April 30, 2006

Why to read Dostoevsky

Anyone that Nietzsche actually sorta likes has to be good.

Nietzsche was scornful of Dostoyevsky’s Christian stand and held him in contempt for his "morbid moral tortures," his rejection of "proper pride". He accused him of "sinning to enjoy the luxury of confession," which Nietzsche considered a "degrading prostration." Dostoyevsky was, in Nietzsche’s words, one of the victims of the "conscience-vivisection and self-crucifixion of two thousand years" of Christianity.

However, Nietzsche also described Dostoevsky as "the only psychologist from whom he had anything to learn." (1887)

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