Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil

Hardcover | September 12, 2006

byT. A. Cavanaugh

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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 (forexample, 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, applied ethics (especially medical and military), and moraltheology. It will also interest legal and public policy scholars.

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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 (forexample, killing non-combatants when bombing a mil...

T. A.Cavanaugh is Professor and Chair of Philosophy, University of San Francisco.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.73 inPublished:September 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199272190

ISBN - 13:9780199272198

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Table of Contents

1. The history of double-effect reasoning2. The contemporary conversation3. The i/f distinction: distinguishing intent from foresight4. The i/f distinction's ethical import5. DER and remaining considerations