Jun 30, 2022  
2017-2018 University Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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HNSM 170 - Thoughts and Passions on Trial

3 hours
Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov leads up to a murder trial which, along with this great novel as a whole, turns out to be a trial in more than one sense of the word. In this seminar we will consider the trial of Dmitri Karamazov along with other trials, both from the past (Socrates, Jesus, Adolf Eichmann) and in our own day. As readers, we may find ourselves in the role of judge or jury, prosecutor or defender, character witness or expert for either side. But we may just as likely find ourselves, with our own thoughts and passions, to be on trial as well. Great trials, as the word implies, can try the soul-but they can also teach.



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