Criminological Theory Assessing Philosophical Assumptions

ISBN-10: 1455777641
ISBN-13: 9781455777648
Edition: 2013
Authors: Anthony Walsh
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List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.54" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Criminologists can benefit from questioning the underlying assumptions upon which they rest their work. Philosophy has the ability to clarify our thoughts, inform us of why we think about things the way we do, solve contradictions in our thinking we never knew existed, and even dissolve some dichotomies we thought were cast in stone. One of those dichotomies is free will vs. determinism. Criminology must reckon with both free will/agency, as posited by some theories, and determinism, as posited by others-including the ever more influential field of genetics. Criminological Theory: Assessing Philosophical Assumptions examines philosophical concepts such as these in the context of important criminological theories or issues that are foundational but not generally considered in the literature on this topic. The uniqueness of this treatment of criminological theory is that rather than reporting what this person or that has said about a particular theory, Walsh exposes the philosophical assumptions underlying the theory. Students and scholars learn to clarify their own biases and better analyze the implications of a wide range of theories of crime and justice. Offers a fruitful perspective on theories of criminologyCovers the full range of philosophical concepts that are relevant to each major criminological theoryChallenges scholars and advanced students to think deeply about criminal behavior and its causes

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