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Philosophical Criminology$
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Andrew Millie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323709.001.0001

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Order and disorder

Order and disorder

(p.69) Five Order and disorder
Philosophical Criminology

Andrew Millie

Policy Press

Criminology is intrinsically concerned with questions of order and disorder. Philosophy can help understand people’s conceptions of order and the mechanisms which take place that make order more likely to occur. The importance of social order in criminology and how it can be maintained is considered. As well as ideas about how we can live together at a time where this increasing emphasis on the importance of individualism and always putting yourself before others. How can social existence be encouraged within a society of individuals? This chapter also looks at disorder, drawing from Emile Durkheim and Robert Merton’s perspectives on anomie and chaos theory. Furthermore, this chapter continues the discussion about aesthetics and crime by placing order as a central aspect of aesthetics.

Keywords:   order, disorder, Durkheim, Merton, individualism, social existence, aesthetics

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