A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Introducing Philosophy by Robert Solomon

The use of examples of religion, self-identity, freedom and ethics from Burgess’ novel to illustrate the same concepts in Solomon’s work.

This study will use examples related to the topics of religion, self-identity, freedom, and ethics from Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange to illustrate the same concepts in Robert C. Solomon’s Introducing Philosophy.

Solomon writes of freedom that it has the most practical consequences . . . of all abstract problems of philosophy (455). In other words, if a person is free, he is responsible for his actions, and if he is not free, then it would be irrational or even cruel to hold him responsible for what he does. The central issue in Burgess’s novel is this question of freedom and responsibility. The novel champions freedom, even if the individual expresses his freedom in anti-social and destructive ways.

Such a vision reflects the thoughts of Dostoevsky, from…