On today’s show, we talk about the novel “War & Peace.” Sean sits down with Andrew Kaufman, Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Virginia, and author of the book “Give War & Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times.” Andrew is incredibly knowledgeable about Tolstoy, and the life lessons we can draw from what many consider to be the greatest novel of all time. Don’t worry if you haven’t read War & Peace. Andrew does an amazing job talking about themes and characters without any major plot spoilers.
In this episode we talk about Tolstoy’s advice for how to deal with change, both in our individual lives and in society at large. We discuss Tolstoy’s view on suffering and how it relates to meaning. We talk about the role of family in a flourishing life. We also cover Tolstoy’s view on leadership. Stick around for the end when we get to Tolstoy’s advice on how to live the good life.