Can Science Understand Justice?

Joshua Davis, Eastern Kentucky University

This paper explores the limits of the use of the scientific method in the quest to gain an understanding of justice. It discusses both the limitations of the positivist methodology and the need to use other methods to gain an understanding of the concept of justice in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Justice is approached as an idea, a construction, that can not be achieved through the pursuit of concrete knowledge.

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