Descartes and Dostoyevski: Two Modes of 'Cogito'

14 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2015

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Alexander Dobrokhotov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: March 24, 2015


Proposed study aims to clarify the nature of the rationality crisis in the European culture of Modernity. This crisis manifested itself in many ways already in the 17th-19th centuries, i.e. at the peak of rationalism. The study considers certain aspects of Cartesianism, which prevented it from dissolving entirely in the epistemology and methodology of Modernity and which, moreover, presuppose certain steps to be taken toward reconsidering the new European rationalism within the framework of overlapping philosophical ideas and literary images. The study focuses on three subjects implied by ‘cogito’: self-consciousness, will, and law.

Keywords: rationality, Descartes, Dostoyevski, ‘cogito,’ self-consciousness, will, law

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Dobrokhotov, Alexander, Descartes and Dostoyevski: Two Modes of 'Cogito' (March 24, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 89/HUM/2015, Available at SSRN: or

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