Philosophy in Literature: Voltaire and Tolstoy


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $84
Date/Time: Tuesdays, November 21 & 28; December 5, 12 & 19, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Martin Benjamin

Location: Concord Campus



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Professor Benjamin explores how Voltaire’s Candide and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych confront and struggle with classic philosophical issues. Just how, for example, are we to reconcile the idea of an all-knowing, all-powerful, benevolent God with the presence of pain, suffering, and evil in the world? Both of these literary masterpieces address this and other philosophical challenges facing humanity. Join Professor Benjamin for a chance to identify, discuss, and evaluate such issues in these remarkable literary settings, and to explore them in our own lives as well.

Event Details

Date: November 21, 2017

Start time: 01:30 a.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord