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The Philosophical Aspects of Hate Crime and Hate Crime Legislation: Introducing the Special Symposium on the Philosophy of Hate Crime

Magazine article
Authors David Brax
Christian Munthe
Published in Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume 30
Issue 10
Pages 1687–1695
ISSN 0886-2605
Publication year 2015
Published at Centre for European Research (CERGU)
Centre for Ethics, Law, and Mental Health
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 1687–1695
Language en
Keywords Ethics, Law, Violence, Prejudice, Jurisprudence, Hate speech, Bias crime, Crime, Applied Philosophy, Criminology, Moral Psychology, Legal Theory
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology), Criminal law, Law and Society, Jurisprudence, Criminology, Criminal science, Sociology of Law, Practical philosophy, Ethics


In this introduction to the special symposium on the philosophy of hate crime, we provide an overview of the main philosophical aspects of hate crime and hate crime legislation. We point out that there are two overarching philosophical issues that span over the literature: the Conceptual Question—concerning what hate crime is—and the Normative Question—concerning the status of hate crimes and the justification of hate crime legislation. We also provide brief summaries of the articles in the special section and point to their relations to the broader themes.

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