Professor Marc Brouwer, Department of Philosophy, 9:45 TTh
Feodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is the story of a murderer trying to escape his own guilty conscience; it may also be the greatest novel ever written. Every character embodies some aspect of the human condition: lust, violence, stupidity, cunning, bravery, loyalty, wisdom and the quest for redemption; these eternal themes are brought to life with carnal detail. We will read a few shorter works before devoting most of the semester to Crime and Punishment. You will develop your abilities to read, think and express yourself by exploring the complexities and confusions of moral error.