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Title: Contemplation and Criminal Justice
Author(s): SKOTNICKI, Andrew
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 13 Date: 2003
There have been unprecedented opportunities in recent years for dialogue between criminologists and scholars of religion. Each discipline is concerned about crime, punishment, and questions of justice. This essay employs primarily philosophical insights to argue that contemplation may have valuable implications for the manner in which crime is perceived and analyzed. It will be argued that prior to any scientific exploration, one must first probe the ontological question, the question of foundational meaning and its relationship to truthful perception. Heidegger develops what amounts to a contemplative method of intuiting this primary knowledge. Practical implications of this contemplative stance for the study of criminal justice will be discussed.