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Institute of Criminology


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Like some other social scientists (e.g. social anthropologists and sociologists), in the last two decades criminologists have increasingly included explicitly moral issues within their empirical analyses. This book proposes that this welcome development can now best be taken forward through mutual discussion between criminologists and moral philosophers. ‘Moral science’ is defined as ‘a philosophically textured appreciation of the presence and role of values in people’s reasoning and motivation, set within an empirically rigorous social-scientific account’. This book-launch seminar will include conceptual contributions by the two editors of the volume (criminologist Anthony Bottoms and moral philosopher Jonathan Jacobs), together with examples of the empirical study of moral issues by criminologists Justice Tankebe (on police whistleblowing) and Caroline Lanskey (on mothers’ decision-making in light of their partner’s imprisonment).

with Professor Anthony Bottoms, Professor Jonathan Jacobs,
Dr Caroline Lanskey and Dr Justice Tankebe - Chair Professor Leo Zaibert

Thursday, 19 October, 2023 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event location: 
Seminar Rooms B3 & B4, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge