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« on: June 13, 2008, 01:41:58 PM »

I am writing a paper on Simone de Beauvoir's "The Ethics of Ambiguity." One of her statements which she uses to attack those who say existentialism naturally results in anarchy is to attack a quote from Dostoevsky.  The version that is put in her text is, "If God does not exist, everything is permitted."  However, I have always heard this as, "If God does not exist, everything is possible." This actually does make a huge difference in her argument, if she in fact quoted it wrong.  Does anyone know what it is in Russian?  Which version is correct?
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 01:55:30 PM »

"Если Бога нeт - всe дозволeно."

I think one can translate it both ways. "Дозволeно" can mean "possible" or "permitted/allowed."
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 01:58:02 PM »

Thank you so much!!
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