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Citation Information for “Leo Tolstoy, ‘Only Faith Can Give Truth’”

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“… in a passage from Leo Tolstoy's Confession, … he talks of the ‘arrest of life’ This passage shows that Tolstoy, like Schopenhauer and Macbeth, is intensely preoccupied with the relentless passage of time and the finality of death. It also strikes another theme of existential nihilism in its claim that meaning can be affirmed in human life only to the extent that one allows oneself to be intoxicated by unreflective naïveté and illusion.” Donald A. Crosby, The Specter of the Absurd (Albany, New York: State University of New York, 1988), 31.

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