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La tentation comme paradigme de la culture chrétienne : l'exemple de l'œuvre de Dostoïevski

Revue philosophique de la France et de l'étranger. 2013. Vol. 138. No. 2. P. 239-252.

Temptation as a Paradigm of Christian Culture
Is temptation at the center of Christian culture, as suggested by the temptations Christ had been exposed to by the Devil, according to the Gospels? This is what Dostoyevsky seems to believe, most notably in The Brothers Karamazov, in which he aims at showing that only innocent people are subject to these demonic maneuvers. This would also be, according to him, the situation of the Russian people, which he idealizes, contrasting it to the intelligentsia. In fact, recent history has shown that this alleged « innocence » of the Russian people was a fantasy of Dostoyevsky.