Some critics hold that War and Peace (1867) is too disjointed to be considered a true literary masterpiece, but it is precisely its digressions into the philosophy of history that lift Tolstoys epic novel to the highest realms of contemplative discourse. Whereas sticklers for a straightforward narrative style may blame the side discussions about psychology and Providence for pulling readers out of the story, others laud these asides for adding layers of richness and meaning to Tolstoys tale of Napoleons invasion of Russia.
H. Geoffrey Brennan (19442022) was a professor of political science at Duke University and professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Australian National University.
A.M.C. Waterman is a retired fellow at St. Johns College, Winnipeg and professor emeritus of economics at the University of Manitoba, Canada.