"In this book, Evgenia Cherkasova brings the philosopher Kant and the novelist Dostoevsky together in conversations that probe why duty is central to our moral life. She shows that just as Dostoevsky is indebted to Kant, so Kant would profit from the deeply philosophical narratives of Dostoevsky, which engage the problem of evil and the claims of human community. She not only produces a novel reading of Dostoevsky, but also guides us to later, often neglected Kantian texts. This study is written with scholarly care, penetrating analysis, elegance of style, and moral urgency: Cherkasova writes with both mind and heart." Emily Grosholz, Professor of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University Social Philosophy (SP), in conjunction with the Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice, SUNY Cortland, explores theoretical and applied issues in contemporary social philosophy, drawing on a variety of philosophical traditions.
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon: Editorial Foreword George L. Kline: Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction The Deontology of the Heart 1. Introduction 2. The Heart: Mythology, History, Philosophy 3. The Ways of the "Living Life": Dostoevsky's Rhetoric of the Heart 4. The Commandment of the Heart 5. The Commandment of Practical Reason 6. Can Reason Understand the Reasons of the Heart? Freedom: Adventures of the Will 1. Introduction 2. Kant on Free Will and Arbitrariness 3. The Underground World as Will 4. The Specter of Kant in the Underground 5. Good Will, Rude Will, or Both? 6. Losing Oneself: Arbitrariness and Corruption of the Heart 7. On Human Nature 8. Following the Heart: Is There a Way Out of the Underground? 9. The Unwritten Message Evil: Adventures of Seductive Spirit 1. Introduction 2. Kant's Conception of Radical Evil 3. On the Boundary of Intelligibility: Evil and the Limits of Ethical Discourse 4. Dostoevsky's "Demonology" 5. The Grand Inquisitor Dons the Mask 6. Temptation by Good and Paradoxes of Freedom 7. Evil by Nature? Community 1. Introduction 2. The Unbearable Other 3. Love, Sympathy, and Respectful Distancing: Kant's Stoic Response to a Misanthropist 4. Suffering and Responsibility 5. Joining of Hearts: Alyosha's Speech at the Stone 6. "A Bit of Melodrama" Epilogue Notes Bibliography About the Author Index