Violent Crime in North America

Violent Crime in North America

Violent Crime in North America

Violent Crime in North America

Synopsis

Observation and conceptual interpretation constitute the two major ways through which human beings engage the world. The World Observed/The World Conceived presents an innovative analysis of the nature and role of observation and conceptualization. While these two actions are often treated as separate, Hans Radder shows that they are inherently interconnected-that materially realized observational processes are always conceptually interpreted and that the meaning of concepts depends on the way they structure observational processes and abstract from them. He examines the role of human action and conceptualization in realizing observational processes and develops a detailed theory of the relationship between observation, abstraction, and the meaning of concepts.

The World Observed/The World Conceived will prove useful to many areas of scholarly study including ontology, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, science studies, and cognitive science.

Excerpt

Violent Crime in North America features seven original essays on the history of violent crimes and punishments in North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as a major bibliography on capital punishment and the death penalty in the United States. It also contains a long book review essay on 8 books dealing with global terrorism, and reviews of 11 individual major works on the history and ideology of crime and criminal justice that have appeared from the end of the 1990s. the introduction outlines the issues and themes that are contained in the essays and the reviews. a comprehensive index identifies all subjects, names, and places in the volume. the subject index headings include all references to the general areas of corrections, courts, crime, crimes and offenses, criminal law, economics, government, the human condition, law, police and policing, professions, religion, social relations, violence, and war, to enable the reader to locate material that might otherwise be difficult to find in a collected work.

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