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Criminal Justice & Philosophy

Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61

Publisher: Andreas Wilmes


M. Blake Wilson (California State University, Stanislaus),


Carina Gallo, San Francisco State University

Francis Joseph Mootz, University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Sol Neely, University of Alaska Southeast

Mark Reiff, University of California, Davis

Sebastian Sclofsky, California State University, Stanislaus


This series aims to canvas innovative, critical, and global/international debates addressing the intersection of criminal justice and philosophy (social, political, ethical, and legal). ‘Criminal Justice’ is broadly understood to include formal institutional responses to crime and misconduct, as well as informal and non-institutional responses which include behaviors considered ‘deviant,’ anti-social,’ or otherwise outside the scope of criminal law.

We invite proposals based on empirical research, conceptual analysis, and theoretical work for monographs and handbooks on a broad range of topics. We are also interested in proposals by guest editors for edited collections and anthologies. Proposals can include topics related to the philosophy of criminal justice as well as criminal justice and philosophy. We are particularly interested in the exploration of innovative approaches to the problems presented by the classification of certain behaviors as criminal or ‘merely’ wrongful, the maintenance of separate criminal and civil legal institutions, and the pervasive use of coercive institutions (police, jails, prison) as mechanisms of social control and punishment.

The editors are particularly interested in proposals across the following thematic areas:

- The normative role of political agents (popular, legislative, executive) in criminal law and procedure

- Philosophical perspectives on crime, violence, and justice in terms of race, ethnicity, class, and nationality (e.g. differential punishment, mass incarceration, collateral consequences, etc.)

- Critical approaches to criminal justice institutions: police, courts, prisons

- Theories and justifications of punishment and incarceration (consequential, deontological, retributivist, expressivist, etc.)

- Theories of crime causation and prevention 

- Alternatives to punishment: restorative justice, compensatory justice, etc.

- Justificatory reasons for the abolition of the prison/police

- The normative force of criminal law

- The relationship between criminal law and economic justice, social justice, and/or applied ethics

- Arguments over the unification of criminal and civil law

Proposals that sit outside of these areas are also welcome.


Philosophical Perspectives on Crime, Violence, and Justice, edited by M. Blake Wilson

A Philosophy of Criminal Justice, by M. Blake Wilson

Criminal Justice & Philosophy

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