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Tolstoy: To Change The World, Change Thyself

In his seminal essay on Tolstoy’s theory of history, Isiah Berlin states, quoting Archilochus, that: ‘“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing” […] Tolstoy was by nature a fox, but believed in being a hedgehog’. This quotation shows the conflict in Tolstoy’s thought between individual parts and a unifying whole. … Continue reading Tolstoy: To Change The World, Change Thyself

Plot And Impulsivity: Stendhal’s ‘Disunity’

‘Stendhal himself would have accepted no limitations of his freedom… He wrote in a spirit of fearless liberty’ wrote Joseph Conrad in 1905. In a post-enlightenment, post-revolutionary France, Stendhal’s questioning of what constituted freedom and what constituted character became central to his work. Indeed, the number of unfinished works in his corpus suggests a certain … Continue reading Plot And Impulsivity: Stendhal’s ‘Disunity’

Sanity and Madness: Dostoevsky’s Search For Identity

When Nietzsche declared God as dead in the late 1800s, Dostoevsky had already posited this as a psychological reality for modern civilisation. Indeed, this led, in Bird’s words, to the ‘concomitant breach in ethical values, the need for a new model of individuality’. Without a stable value system that Christianity had once provided, reason took … Continue reading Sanity and Madness: Dostoevsky’s Search For Identity


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Hi, I’m Cameron. I hold a degree in French and Russian from Oxford University. I am currently a Junior Correspondent for the OWP ( and contributor to Hermes Magazine. My main interests lie in the relationship between classic works of literature and modern day current affairs, as well as literary and philosophical criticism.

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