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Applying complexity theoryWhole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work$
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Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311409

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.001.0001

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Thirteen Constituting the system: radical developments in post-Newtonian society

Thirteen Constituting the system: radical developments in post-Newtonian society

(p.269) Thirteen Constituting the system: radical developments in post-Newtonian society
Applying complexity theory

Clemens Bartollas

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In Chapter Thirteen, Bartollas examines the limits of our knowledge by exploring the possibility of quantum mechanics, especially the Copenhagen Interpretation, to develop a paradigm shift in criminological theory and practice. The argument is made that positivism’s causation model (cause and effect) is unable to explain the complexity of the multidimensional nature of human behaviour. In contrast, it is postulated that quantum mechanics’ theory is better able to understand the emergence and persistence of delinquent and criminal behaviours. It is also postulated that religious beliefs have a role to play in post-positivism generally and quantum mechanics in particular.

Keywords:   quantum mechanics, Copenhagen Interpretation, criminological theory, causation model, human behaviour, delinquent, criminal

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