PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Causation, Responsibility, and the Force of Language in The Brothers Karamazov
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Excerpts from The Brothers Karamazov are often discussed in introductory philosophy classes, but reading the novel closely reveals that philosophical questions are raised on every page. For example, Dostoevsky explores judgment and punishment, moral luck, the distinction between doing and allowing, special obligations (especially those to family), the nature of testimony, the relationships between intention, causation, and culpability, and the force of our words and actions on others. We will read Dostoevsky's novel alongside work in contemporary analytic philosophy that refines and tries to address the questions it raises.

PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0631222219
God and the problem of evil, Author: ed. by William L. Rowe., Publisher: Blackwell 2001
ISBN: 0374528373
The brothers Karamazov : a novel in four parts with epilogue, Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002
ISBN: 019281205X
How to do things with words : the William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955, Author: J.L. Austin ; edited by J.O. U, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 1976
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