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The aesthetics of crime

This week, the appeal process started in the Nokas case. Why are we fascinated by serious crime?


[essay] The value conflicts in modern societies do not only take place between different social groups – they are just as much about conflicts in each individual subject that participate in different value spheres, for example a moral and an aesthetic value sphere. Just as the conflicts between the various groups can be resolved through reference to a neutral, higher instance, the conflicts in the individual subjects can be resolved in such a way. An expression of this conflict is the fascination "big" criminals face while at the same time being the subject of moral condemnation, something we see, for example, in connection with the Nokas case.

Criminal rebellion?

In a record from the 1880s, Friedrich Nietzsche places crimes in general under the term "rebellion against the social order". Such a revolt can be extremely worthy, he emphasizes. However, he seems to distinguish between the criminals who are "real" rebels and those who belong to the "race of crime". The latter, the racially determined criminals, the society must go to war. . .

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