Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment : Philosophical Perspectives

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The gruesome double-murder upon which the novel Crime and Punishment hinges leads its culprit, Raskolnikov, into emotional trauma and obsessive, destructive self-reflection. But Raskolnikov's famous philosophical musings are just part of the full philosophical thought manifest in one of Dostoevsky's most famous novels.

This volume, uniquely, brings together prominent philosophers and literary scholars to deepen our understanding of the novel's full range of philosophical thought. The seven essays treat a diversity of topics, including: language and the representation of the human mind, emotions and the susceptibility to loss, the nature of agency, freedom and the possibility of evil, the family and the failure of utopian critique, the authority of law and morality, and the dialogical self. Further, authors
provide new approaches for thinking about the relationship between literary representation and philosophy, and the way that Dostoevsky labored over intricate problems of narrative form in Crime and Punishment.

Together, these essays demonstrate a seminal work's full philosophical worth-a novel rich with complex themes whose questions reverberate powerfully into the 21st century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 16mm | 260g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019046402X
  • 9780190464028
  • 1,763,126

Table of contents

Introduction, Robert Guay
Chapter 1: Portrayals of Mind: Raskolnikov, Porfiry, and Psychological Investigation in Crime and Punishment, Garry L. Hagberg
Chapter 2: Love, Suffering, and Gratitude for Existence: Moral and Existential Emotions in Crime and Punishment, Rick Anthony Furtak
Chapter 3: Crime and Expression: Dostoevsky on the Nature of Agency, Robert Guay
Chapter 4: Metaphysical Motivation: Crime and Punishment in the Light of Schelling, Sebastian Gardner
Chapter 5: The Family in Crime and Punishment: Realism and Utopia, Susanne Fusso
Chapter 6: Raskolnikov Beyond Good and Evil, Randall Havas
Chapter 7: Bakhtin's Radiant Polyphonic Novel, Raskolnikov's Perverse Dialogic World, Caryl Emerson
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...[S]uperb...All of the volume's nine chapters do a convincing job of motivating a particular way of approaching Dostoevsky's great novel in a manner that is recognizably philosophical yet sensitive to the work's formal and dramatic handling of its content. The authors work in many traditions, yet there is a surprising uniformity of philosophical style and literary sensibility, and the reader has the impression of listening to a conversation unfold rather than a
hearing an assemblage of disparate voices sound off on a common theme. * John Gibson, University of Louisville, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism *
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About Robert Guay

Robert Guay is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he has taught since 2006. He works primarily on nineteenth-century European philosophy, especially as it relates to issues of agency, history, and ethics. His work has appeared in the The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche (2013), the Journal of Nietzsche Studies, the Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth Century
Philosophy, and other venues. He is currently working on a book on Nietzsche's ethical thought.
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