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The Philosophy of Hate Crime Anthology, Part I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Hate Crime

Authors David Brax
Christian Munthe
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2013
Published at Centre for Ethics, Law, and Mental Health
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Keywords bias crime, conceptual analysis, discrimination, ethics, EU, Europe, hate crime, human rights, jurisprudence, philosophy of law, political philosophy, prejudice, values
Subject categories Law and Society, Jurisprudence, European law, Criminology, Sociology of Law, Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies), Research on Europe, Practical philosophy, Ethics


The aim of this first part of The Philosophy of Hate Crime Anthology is to introduce the topic of its accompanying, second part, the annotated bibliography of the philosophy of hate crime authored and compiled by David Brax.2 Together, these documents provide a provides a guide to the philosophical and theoretical issues underlying hate crime legislation and policy. These issues are rarely at the top of the news agenda, but are important to the assessment of various more concrete and readily debated questions. They are, as we shall attempt to demonstrate, crucial in order to achieve well-founded hate crime policies. In effect, this bibliography purports to explain such connections and to present briefly the debates about the philosophical issues as they are conducted within different fields of expertise, with pointers to relevant reading materials and what these contribute to the discussion. The realisation of this aim is an outcome of the project When Law and Hate Collide, coordinated by the law school of the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and involving researchers from the Göthe University of Frankfurt, Germany and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This project was funded by the European Commission's Daphne III program (contract no. 2009-DAP3- AG-1221), which aims at providing the European Union with a strengthened basis for designing hate crime policies at the European level, as well as support member state initiatives of this nature.

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