Raskolnikov's Rebirth Psychology and the Understanding of Good and Evil

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-04-05
  • Publisher: Open Court

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Author Ilham Dilman explains why a "thoughtful psychology," encompassing the varied modes of being experienced by humans, is the best tool for investigating the nature of good and evil. To illustrate, he employs Raskolnikov, Dostoyevsky's axe-murdering protagonist in Crime and Punishment, following his alienation from goodness, his return to it, and finally, his ethical rebirth.

Author Biography

Ilham Dilman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Wales.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Summary of the Book's Argumentp. xviii
Science and Psychologyp. 1
Scientific Method and Understanding Human Beingsp. 1
Experimental Psychology: Some Examples and Their Critiquep. 12
'The Psychology of Moral Behaviour'p. 23
Introductionp. 23
Psychologism and Moral Behaviour: Some Examplesp. 24
Psychologism and Moral Behaviour: Further Examplesp. 33
Psychology and Reflectionp. 42
Psychology and Moralityp. 45
Towards a Thoughtful Psychologyp. 45
Determining and Enabling Psychologyp. 49
The Terms of Freud's Storyp. 53
Psychology and Moral Educationp. 57
Moral Integrity and Wholeness of Selfp. 62
Self-Knowledge and Change in Psycho-analytic Therapyp. 65
Insight and the Healing of Divisions within the Selfp. 65
Illustration by Means of an Imaginary Examplep. 69
Coming to Self-Knowledge as Learning to Be Oneselfp. 73
Happiness: Can It Be Pursued as an End?p. 79
A Philosophical Questionp. 79
Happiness and Our Outer Circumstancesp. 80
Happiness and Contentmentp. 84
Happiness and Authenticityp. 85
The Pursuit of Happinessp. 87
Sources of Unhappiness Endemic to Lifep. 89
Psycho-analysis and Ethics: The Self in Its Relationship with Good and Evilp. 93
Morality and Human Nature: Freud's View and Its Revisionsp. 93
Idea of a Morality that is Inherent in Usp. 95
Morality, the Human World, and the Reality of the Selfp. 100
Idea of an Authentic Morality with an Objective Basis in Our Humanityp. 104
Morality of Love and the Authenticity and Maturity of the Selfp. 109
Our Humanity within Diverse Culturesp. 119
Good and Evil: Love and Ego-centricityp. 121
Human Nature within a Multiplicity of Moralitiesp. 121
Ego-centricity and Moral Alienationp. 125
Good and Evil in Moralities of Lovep. 127
Good and Evil in a Diversity of Culturesp. 130
Ego-Centric Pursuit of Evil: Self-Stultifying?p. 135
Ego-Centric Pursuit of Evil: Self-Alienating?p. 139
The Maturity of Goodness and the Kind of Contact which Evil Excludesp. 141
Asymmetry between Good and Evilp. 143
Summing Upp. 148
Love and Hate: Are They Opposites?p. 151
Mature and Immature Lovep. 151
Asymmetry between Love and Hatep. 154
Richness of Love and Poverty of Hatep. 156
Love and Hate: Goodness and Evilp. 160
Must Psycho-analysis Explain Religion Away?p. 163
Freud's Conception of Religion and the God He Rejectsp. 163
An Alternative Conception: Rycroft's Godp. 167
Critique of Rycroft: The Psychological and the Individualp. 173
Psycho-analysis: Religion and the Individualp. 178
Religions as Products of Human Culturep. 182
Dostoyevky's Raskolnikov: Psychology and the Soulp. 187
Dostoyevsky's Novel: A Study in Individual Psychologyp. 187
Raskolnikov's Ideology and Dostoyevsky's Responsep. 188
Raskolnikov's Psychology: His Emotional Dependence and Lack of Inner Unityp. 192
Raskolnikov's Soul: Its Inner Turmoilp. 198
Philosophical Remarks: Psychology and the Soulp. 204
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 211
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