"The such a lot authoritative, unique and nuanced examine thus far of the vexed query of the novel's holism, or the relation among its old "essays" and the fictitious textual content. Love analyzes the complicated philosophical provenance of Tolstoy's principles with utmost care and readability and indicates their simultaneous dedication to either skepticism and confirmation, the finite and the countless. Love additionally demonstrates convincingly how Tolstoy's rules tell the novel's narrative constitution, significant scenes and existence trajectories of the most characters. Love's booklet is an excellent corrective to the serious oversimplifications that experience lengthy surrounded warfare and Peace and is a tremendous contribution to Tolstoy scholarship in general." Vladimir E. Alexandrov B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale collage "Hedgehog as opposed to Fox, Tolstoy the unifier as opposed to Tolstoy the skeptic, mind as opposed to senses, philosopher as opposed to artist: as Tolstoy himself knew good, to dislodge canonized binaries on any subject frequently calls for lengthy, reasoned narrative argument. we've got simply this sort of fine-grained, sustained philosophical argument the following. Jeffrey Love takes on these conventional binaries and demonstrates that Tolstoyan fact is dynamic, built-in, durative-and that the 2 nice classes approximately human awareness awarded in warfare and Peace, cognitive humility and finitude, are actually exhilarating virtues, now not human mess ups or unbridgeable contradictions. A tour-de-force." Caryl Emerson Princeton collage "Intense, analytical, philosophical, G. Jeffrey Love's "The Overcoming of historical past in conflict and Peace," like Isaiah Berlin's research "The Hedgehog and the Fox," bargains profitable insights into the tricky yet primary historical-philosophical topics of warfare and Peace-issues natural to an realizing of Tolstoy's epic paintings. this is a big publication on Tolstoy." Robert Louis Jackson B.E. Bensinger Professor (Emeritus) Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale college
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