The Hegelian Understanding of Crime
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Mizrahi, E. (2021). The Hegelian Understanding of Crime. Resistances. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 2(4), e21063.


This paper presents the Hegelian understanding of crime in the Philosophy of Right (1821), according to which there are three differentiated and complementary moments. In the first one, crime is defined in its concept with total independence from what is established by positive law. The crime can be interpreted in objective terms as a contradictory judgment as far as it denies what it affirms: the value of the person. In the second one, it is explained why a criminal action is attributable to a subject. The crime is in subjective terms an action that must be imputed to an actor and to this extent the agent must be aware of its acts and this act must respond to their purpose. In the third one, criminal action is considered based on its social danger. The crime involves, in terms of ethics, not only violence but also defrauding and questioning the social expectations placed in compliance with the State regulations in force.
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