What is it about?

Beginning with an exploration of the core similarities between Bakhtin’s and Buber’s understanding of the dialogic relationship, and going on to discuss the validity of this concept based on aspects of our physical reality in the quantum world, this article demonstrates how silence plays an integral role in the creation of that relationship. Further instances of the dialogic relationship in The Brothers Karamazov are analysed, focusing specifically on Zosima’s relationship with the divine, the relationship between Ivan and Alyosha, and the relationship between Ivan and Smerdyakov. In revealing a truth about personality, Dostoevsky succeeded in revealing a truth about the world.

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Why is it important?

This article provides evidence for the important connection between Bakhtin and Martin Buber.


I enjoyed writing this piece. It gave me a deeper understanding of Alyosha and Ivan Karamazov's relationship.

Dr. Ruth Lévai
University of Miskolc

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This page is a summary of: Silence and “Active Love” as Agents of the Dialogic Relationship in The Brothers Karamazov, The Dostoevsky Journal, September 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/23752122-02101005.
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