Humean Causation and the History of Criminology

  • Jason Warr


This chapter is concerned with tracing Humean causation through the history of Criminological theorising in a more systematic way. As such four classic theories from the history of criminological thought shall be given a somewhat brief exposition and the underlying deductive Humean causal framework will be exposed and made explicit. The four examples that have been chosen for exposition are Classical theory, Biological Positivism, Strain theory and Labelling theory. These particular forms of theory have been chosen due to the evident framework of causation that underlies them and how this is largely representative of the type of thinking, employed logics and theory construction that has dominated criminological theorising up until the late twentieth century.


Classicism Causation Humean Labelling Positivism Strain 


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  • Jason Warr
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  1. 1.University of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom

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