OPEN CALL: Dostoevsky’s Summer Seminar in Austria, 2021

Immerse yourself in Dostoevsky with “The Idiot” and “The Brothers Karamazov” at The Phoenix Institute in Trumau-Vienna, (Austria).

“Beauty will save the world”. This famous quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky`s masterpiece “The Idiot” gives the keynote and the theme for this summer seminar. What does this statement mean? In order to receive a comprehensive answer to this question, we will study both “The Idiot”, as well as the other masterpiece of Dostoevsky “The Brothers Karamazov.” In this intellectual and at the same time highly inspiring enterprise we have to be aware that the author in his writings never separates truth from good and beauty. The good, taken separately from truth and beauty, would be only an instinct feeling, a powerless upwelling; truth taken abstractly would be an empty word; and beauty without truth and the good could easily become an idol.

The special character of this seminar is that deep truths are interspersed in novels of the highest poetic and artistic quality, written by one of the most powerful thinkers and artists of Russian culture and religion. Reading these books is itself an extraordinary event, an encounter with the true greatness and depth of the human soul. It is a constant intellectual and emotional transcending out of limited, subjective human situations into objective universal questions, to which only Christianity has the answers, as Dostoevsky confesses.

The dates are

10 – 31 of July, 2021

The Seminar will be held in Trumau, Austria, at the campus of the International Theological Institute (ITI). Located 20 minutes south of Vienna and 30 minutes southwest of Vienna Airport by car, Trumau offers ample opportunities to take full advantage of Vienna’s rich cultural atmosphere.

The Phoenix Institute is an international educational organization dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the Western tradition among people who are seriously interested in the question “What is it to be human?”





Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free

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