Notes from Underground

References

  1. ^ "The views that brought Chernyshevsky to this vision were close to utilitarianism, meaning that actions should be judged in terms of their expediency. Naturally, utilitarians assumed that we can know the standard against which expediency can be measured: usually it was economic well-being. In Chernyshevsky's rational egotism, utlitarianism as a method coincided with socialism as a goal: in essence, it is in everyones individual self-interest that the whole of society flourish." Notes from Underground By Fyodor Dostoyevsky page X in the introduction by Robert Bird [1]
  2. ^ and it was all from ennui, gentlemen, all from ennui ; inertia overcame me. Notes from Underground ch5
  3. ^ Chief among these others is the underground man who confesses to his own inertia (inercija), defined as "conscious-sitting-with-arms-folded", and who also criticizes his supposed antitheses, the men of action and les hommes de la nature et de la vérité for their active, machine-like existence. http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/DS/06/143.shtml

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