Hyubris as a factor of individual criminal

  • V. V. Surkov Sumy State Pedagogical University. Makarenko
Keywords: anomie, criminal person, hubris, hubristic, motives of crime, value orientation, state of mind


Criminal personality for thousands of years is the object of philosophical research. For philosophical anthropology, in particular, it is important to understand which components of human nature can be regarded as criminal. The term “hubris” that appears in ancient Greek culture, today received its second wind. It is widely used (especially in the West) to refer to the human outlook, which provokes too arrogant, defiant behavior, which is a public danger. The term “hubris” is often used in criticism of certain politicians. However, we propose to expand the scope of its application also in other spheres of public life. Іn the history of criminology there are many examples of people with hubris, especially among dangerous criminals. Therefore hubris can be considered as criminogenic factor that requires research and limitations of the society. In another case, there is a situation, by analogy with the term “intoxication of power”, can be called “intoxication of impunity”. This thesis is confirmed by authoritative theories developed in criminology, sociology, psychology too. It is also consistent with some modern philosophical views on the nature of the criminal personality. Analysis of factors that stimulate the emergence and growth of hubris, suggest that most are present in a mass society. It generates anomie (loss of values) that щаеут manifests as hubris that can act as criminogenic factor. Therefore, hubris reducing requires changes in the organization of social life.

Author Biography

V. V. Surkov, Sumy State Pedagogical University. Makarenko


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How to Cite
Surkov, V. V. (2014). Hyubris as a factor of individual criminal. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 17(5), 28-31. Retrieved from https://grani.org.ua/index.php/journal/article/view/503