Filosofía jurídica y moral de los Karamazov. Novedad bibliográfica

Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Dostoevsky’s legal and moral philosophy: the
trial of Dmitri Karamazov

Leiden – Boston : Brill, 2016,242 pp.


This work closely examines the trial of Dmitri
Karamazov as the springboard to explaining and critically assessing
Dostoevsky’s legal and moral philosophy. The author connects Dostoevsky’s
objections to Russia’s acceptance of western juridical notions such as the rule
of law and an adversary system of adjudication with his views on fundamental
human nature, the principle of universal responsibility, and his invocation of
unconditional love. Central to Dostoevsky’s vision is his understanding of the
relationship between the dual human yearnings for individualism and community.
In the process, the author related Dostoevsky’s conclusions to the thought of
Plato, Augustine, Anselm, Dante, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and
Sartre. Throughout the work, the author compares, contrasts, and evaluates
Dostoevsky’s analyses with contemporary discussions of the rule of law, the
adversary system, and the relationship between individualism and


Raymond Angelo Belliotti, State University of
New York at Fredonia



Fiódor Mijáilovich Dostoyevski (1821-1881)


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