Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: Philosophical Perspectives

ISBN : 9780190464011

Robert Guay
248 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Aug 2019
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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.


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

About the author: 

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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