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Dostoevsky's Legal and Moral Philosophy: The Trial of Dmitri Karamazov.


Dostoevsky's Legal and Moral Philosophy: The Trial of Dmitri Karamazov

Raymond Angelo Belliotti



226 pages


Value Inquiry Book Series; Volume 293. Philosophy, Literature, and Politics


Belliotti finds in the trial of Dmitri Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov the key to Dostoevsky's moral and legal philosophy. In that dramatic setting, he says, Dostoevsky revealed and reinforced his major normative insights about the relationship between law and morality, and between normative reasoning and the promotion of the common good. He shows how Dostoevsky's objections to Russia accepting the Western juridicial notions of the rule of law and the adversary system are related to his views on fundamental human nature, the principle of universal responsibility, and his invocation of unconditional love. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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