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Moral Uncertainty and the Criminal Law

Barry, Christian; Tomlin, Patrick


In this chapter we introduce the nascent literature on Moral Uncertainty Theory and explore its application to the criminal law. Moral Uncertainty Theory seeks to address the question of what we ought to do when we are uncertain about what to do because we are torn between rival moral theories. For instance, we may have some credence in one theory that tells us to do A but also in another that tells us to do B. We examine how we might decide whether or not to criminalize some conduct when we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-12-03
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Ethics and the Criminal Law
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-22811-8_19
Access Rights: Open Access


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