A Devil under the Guise of a Good Conscience

Authors

  • Robert Vuckovich Wilfrid Laurier University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25180/lj.v23i1.257

Keywords:

Dostoevsky, Glaucon, impunity, impulses, public confession, private confession

Abstract

Buried within Fyodor Dostoevsky's works are glimpses of corrupt individuals who rise to the fore every now and then. Without these occasional revelations, not many would notice how diabolical an ordinary person really is. Although Dostoevsky does generalize that human nature can be quite vile, a character like the mysterious visitor from The Brothers Karamazov displays that nature without striving to be extraordinary as Dostoevsky's other prolific characters. Something troubling still lurks within this mundane type. Relying on moral dilemmas presented by ancient thinkers will help this project expose and elaborate on the unsavouriness behind the activities and dispositions of Dostoevsky's minute character. With the mysterious visitor as the prime focus, we discover how an individual distorts one's personal development and decent relations with other humane beings.

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Published

03.09.2021

How to Cite

Vuckovich, R. (2021). A Devil under the Guise of a Good Conscience. Labyrinth, 23(1), 86–104. https://doi.org/10.25180/lj.v23i1.257

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Dostoevsky, Existential Philosophy, and Contemporary Thought