Reprobation as Shared Inquiry: Teaching the Liberal Arts in Prison

Radical Philosophy Review 18 (2):287-308 (2015)
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Abstract

Respect for victims requires that we have social systems for punishing and condemning (reproving) serious crimes. But, the conditions of social marginalization and political subordination of the communities from which an overwhelming number of prisoners in the United States come place serious barriers in the face of effective reprobation. Mass incarceration makes this problem worse by disrupting and disrespecting entire communities. While humanities education in the prisons is far from a total solution, it is one way to make reprobation meaningful, so long as the prison classroom is a place where the educators’ values are also put at risk.

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Daniel Levine
University of Maryland, College Park
Joshua Miller
Georgetown University

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