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Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology

Bruce A. Arrigo

Publication Year: 2006

Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology represents the first systematic attempt to unpack the philosophical foundations of crime in Western culture. Utilizing the insights of ontology, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics, contributors demonstrate how the reality of crime is informed by a number of implicit assumptions about the human condition and unstated values about civil society. _x000B_Charting a provocative and original direction, editors Bruce A. Arrigo and Christopher R. Williams couple theoretically oriented chapters with those centered on application and case study. In doing so, they develop an insightful, sensible, and accessible approach for a philosophical criminology in step with the political and economic challenges of the twenty-first century. Revealing the ways in which philosophical conceits inform prevailing conceptions of crime, Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology is required reading for any serious student or scholar concerned with crime and its impact on society and in our lives.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Series: Critical Perspectives in Criminology


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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Introduction: Philosophy, Crime, and Theoretical Criminology

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pp. 1-38

Historically, philosophers have written very little about the subject of crime. Similarly, criminologists have written very little about the subject of philosophy. In both cases, the linkages between philosophy and crime have been left implicit—either ...

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Part One: Ontology and Crime

By necessity, questions of ontology explore the nature of reality or existence. In relation to a philosophical criminology, what is examined is the social reality of crime. In this section, this question is posed both ...

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1 The Ontology of Crime:On the Construction of the Real, the Image,and the Hyperreal

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pp. 41-73

What is the nature of reality, existence, or Being? This is the ontological question that will be systematically examined in relation to crime and criminological theory in the discussion that follows. To situate the ...

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2 Normalized Masculinity:The Ontology of Violence Rooted in Everyday Life

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pp. 74-99

By 2004, insights generated from the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s have profoundly shaken the academy and permeated the interdisciplinary field of criminology; far less clear, though, is that the gendered structures of everyday life ...

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Part Two: Epistemology and Crime

Epistemology is the study of what we know and how we come to make knowledge claims. Thus, a philosophy of crime that was sensitive to epistemological pursuits would examine the basis on which criminological knowledge assertions are ...

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3 Crime, Criminology, and Epistemology:Tribal Considerations

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pp. 103-133

In his essay “On Ethnographic Self- Fashioning: Conrad and Malinowski” (1988), James Clifford, one of the most distinguished voices in theoretical ethnography, developed an interesting thesis. Comparing writing styles and ...

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4 The Epistemology of Theory Testing in Criminology

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pp. 134-164

Since the Enlightenment, scholars have constructed and evaluated many different theories of law, crime, and punishment. Unfortunately, there is relatively little agreement among criminologists regarding the quality of these theories and ...

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Part Three: Ethics and Crime

Discussions of ethics entail a deliberate engagement with the thorny, contentious, and timeless debates surrounding the nature of freedom and responsibility, being and becoming, personhood and citizenship. Accordingly, ethical inquiry pursues the meaning of living virtuously and ...

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5 Engaging Freedom:Toward an Ethics of Crime and Deviance

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pp. 167-196

In recent years, ethics has increasingly become a mainstay of criminological discourse. More and more, courses entitled “ethics and criminal justice” or “ethics of crime and justice” are entering university catalogs and program curricula. Textbooks and scholarly analyses ...

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6 Ethics of Edgework:Spinoza, Nietzsche, and Deleuze

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pp. 197-218

Edgeworkers provide the opportunity for engaging in expanded ethical discussion in justice studies. Edgework deals with nonmaterialistic expressions of motivation and how they account for or otherwise explain crime. Several forms of motivation along ...

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Part Four: Aesthetics and Crime

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pp. 219-221

The study of aesthetics addresses many provocative questions involving image, style, perception, and symbolism. These are matters that transcend the modernist scientific polarities of factual and counter-factual, form and content, reality and representation. ...

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7 The Aesthetics of Crime

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pp. 223-256

As a form of intellectual inquiry, any exploration of the subject of aesthetics engages fundamental aspects of human experience with an extensiveness that spans such questions as what it means to be human and express sensibilities, subjectivities, and ...

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8 The Aesthetics of Cultural Criminology

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pp. 257-278

Attempts to understand the nature of crime and crime control have often relied on the old social scientific dualism of form versus content, and on the associated hierarchy of investigation whereby surfaces must be stripped away so as to reveal the ...


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pp. 279-281


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pp. 283-291

E-ISBN-13: 9780252090417
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252030512

Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: Critical Perspectives in Criminology