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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: Philosophical Perspectives

Robert Guay


In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky uses the commission of a double-murder to initiate and organize a diverse set of philosophical reflections. This volume contains seven essays that approach the novel through philosophical themes in order to offer both readings of the text and continuations of its reflections. The topics addressed include Dostoevsky’s presentation of mind and psychological investigation, as well as the nature of self-knowledge; emotions, in particular guilt and love, and their role in overcoming ambivalence toward existence; the nature of agency; the metaphysical condi ... More

Keywords: Dostoevsky, mind, self-knowledge, emotions, agency, freedom, evil, family, authority, Bakhtin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190464011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190464011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Guay, editor
Department of Philosophy, Binghamton University