Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ferri, Enrico: Positivist School
Angela N. Estes
Enrico Ferri, a student of Alberto Ardigo and later Cesare Lombroso, is acknowledged as one of the founders of the Positivist School of Criminology and, therefore, strongly opposed to the Classical School of Criminology. Ferri's early education was a bit sporadic, marked with truancy, transfers to different institutions, and private tutoring. He began his studies under Ardigo as an adolescent, where he excelled in mathematics and Latin. Afterwards, he studied at the University of Bologna where he wrote a thesis on the topic of free will. Ferri later moved on to the University of Pisa, where he developed his skill as an orator. According to Thorsten Sellin, after winning a fellowship, Ferri traveled to France where he conducted a study on statistical trends and characteristics of criminality. It was after his stay in France, that he moved to the University of Turin, which is also where Lombroso was a professor. ...