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Consciousness in rather than of: advancing modest claims for the development of phenomenologically informed approaches to complexity theory in criminology

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In taking a modest approach to studying complexity and making the case for phenomenologically informed approaches I will do so from the vista of the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm and examine some of the fractures that emerge from within its own logic. To make this case I will discuss Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems in conjunction with developments in our understanding of emergence and consciousness with particular reference to David Bohm’s version of quantum mechanics. This discussion will argue for a new dialogue based around complexity theory through discussing (1) the inherent problems that classical mechanics reveals within its own paradigm, (2) what recent developments in complexity theory adds to these arguments, and (3) to suggest that an increased understanding of complexity informed by developments in mind-matter relationships should in turn inform the ethics of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


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