The article tries to figure out whether and to what extent the situationist approachby Philip Zimbardo, as it emerges in The Lucifer Effect, can be translated into penalterms. The notorious case of Abu Ghraib, as presented by Zimbardo in his book,is used as a test. The article is divided into three parts. The first part is devoted toreconstructing the features of the “Abu Ghraib situation” (AGs), which is describedby Zimbardo as a total situation causing deindividuation (in authors) and dehumanization(of victims). In the second part, the AGs’ features are compared to those ofmoral coercion: while the latter is generally assumed to have a transformative effecton the moral value of the act, the former is instead assumed, by Zimbardo, to havea transformative effect on the agent’s character. The third part seeks to understandwhether the Lucifer effect can be interpreted as a partial excuse.
|Numero di pagine||34|
|Rivista||Studi sulla Questione Criminale|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2020|
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