Dostoyevsky in Manhattan  

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Dostoyevsky in Manhattan (Dostoïevski à Manhattan, 2002) is a book by André Glucksmann.

In it, he asserts that nihilism, particularly as depicted by Fyodor Dostoevsky in his novels Demons and The Brothers Karamazov, is the 'characteristic form' of modern terrorism. Drawing on Ivan Karamazov's dictum that "If there is no God, everything is permitted", Glucksmann argues that:

The inner nature of nihilistic terrorism is that everything is permissible, whether because God exists and I am his representative, or because God does not exist and I take his place.




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