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Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil

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T. A. Cavanaugh defends double-effect reasoning (DER), also known as the principle of double effect. DER plays a role in anti-consequentialist ethics (such as deontology), in hard cases in which one cannot realize a good without also causing a foreseen, but not intended, bad effect (for example, killing non-combatants when bombing a military target). This study is the first book-length account of the history and issues surrounding this controversial approach to hard cases. It will be indispensable in theoretical ethics, ...

Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil 2006, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199272198

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