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J Interpers Violence. 2015 Jun;30(10):1687-95. doi: 10.1177/0886260514555374. Epub 2014 Oct 29.

The philosophical aspects of hate crime and hate crime legislation: introducing the special section on the philosophy of hate crime.

Author information

1
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Centre for European Research, Gothenburg University (CERGU) david.brax@gu.se.
2
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM).

Abstract

In this introduction to the special symposium on the philosophy of hate crime, we provide an overview of the main philosophical aspects of hate crime and hate crime legislation. We point out that there are two overarching philosophical issues that span over the literature: the Conceptual Question--concerning what hate crime is--and the Normative Question--concerning the status of hate crimes and the justification of hate crime legislation. We also provide brief summaries of the articles in the special section and point to their relations to the broader themes.

KEYWORDS:

community violence; criminology; hate crimes

PMID:
25355863
DOI:
10.1177/0886260514555374
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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