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The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement

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Abstract


  • What happens when subjects are deprived of intersubjective contact? This paper looks closely at the phenomenology and psychology of one example of that deprivation: solitary confinement. It also puts the phenomenology and psychology of solitary confinement to use in the legal context. Not only is there no consensus on whether solitary confinement is a "cruel and unusual punishment," there is no consensus on the definition of the term "cruel" in the use of that legal phrase. I argue that we can find a moral consensus on the meaning of "cruelty" by looking specifically at the phenomenology and psychology of solitary confinement.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gallagher, S. 2014, 'The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 5, no. Article 585, pp. 1-8.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84904100294

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2707&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1702

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Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 8

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • Article 585

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • What happens when subjects are deprived of intersubjective contact? This paper looks closely at the phenomenology and psychology of one example of that deprivation: solitary confinement. It also puts the phenomenology and psychology of solitary confinement to use in the legal context. Not only is there no consensus on whether solitary confinement is a "cruel and unusual punishment," there is no consensus on the definition of the term "cruel" in the use of that legal phrase. I argue that we can find a moral consensus on the meaning of "cruelty" by looking specifically at the phenomenology and psychology of solitary confinement.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gallagher, S. 2014, 'The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 5, no. Article 585, pp. 1-8.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84904100294

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2707&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1702

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 8

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • Article 585

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland