Phenomenology & Practice is a refereed, human science journal dedicated to the study of the lived experience of a broad range of human practices.
Monthly Archives: August 2014
Seamon: Body-Subject, Time-Space Routines, and Place Ballets
Gallagher: The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement
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 touse 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.
Shaun Gallagher: The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement