From Meaning to Ecocide: The Value of Phenomenology for Green Criminology

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The planetary crisis that we face today is not only a result of the human-induced environmental degradation, but also of a deep crisis of meaning and value in human existence. In consequence, this article will demonstrate the value of phenomenology towards the existential paradigm within green criminology and its importance to overcome a lived experience that is opposed to the planet’s ecological balance. The article will present Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology through his conception of ‘being-here’, which elaborates on the modes of unreflective and unselfconsciousness of everyday existence. This will then be developed into the theory of being-towards-ecocide, that is concerned with the meaning of the individual’s encounter with ecocide. Finally, the value of phenomenology as a conceptual tool for the analysis of green crimes and harms will be outlined as a necessary shift towards transcending ecocide and for an existential, theoretical, and systematic construction for the world of everyday life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalCritical Criminology
Issue number2
Early online date6 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2023


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