Tolstoy’s War and Peace: Philosophy of History Defamiliarized

Abstract Tolstoy’s War and Peace asserts an opposition to the discourse of philosophy of history and of any theorizing of human life because of the complexity of events, the possibilities not realized, and the insignificance of our moment in time and space. Without that sort of consideration of the possibility that human events cannot be theorized, explained, correctly narrated, or anticipated, we may miss our chance to cast off the burden of philosophy of history (in the interest of life), or at least to perceive that it is a burden.