Volume 19, 1999
Stephen J. Pope
Compassion and Self-Deception
The Unity of Love and Truthfulness in Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"
This essay examines Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich in light of the moral status of self-deception, particularly as defended on grounds of compassion. It argues that Tolstoy's powerful depiction of the interconnection of love and truthfulness reveals the spiritual and moral dangers of self-deception and particularly its destructive consequences for interpersonal love and friendship.