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The Sublation of the Judas Kiss

February 1, 2013

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The Karamazovs embodied the Russian geist, but the Karamazovs were a repulsive sort, enslaved to their passions and drowning in nihilistic debauchery. Alyosha alone stood against this, but also within it. He embodied the passion of the true Russian geist by having a passion for righteousness and for healing the suffering of others. Ivan maligns Alyosha’s God and Alyosha responds with a kiss.

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