The Problem of Dirty Hands

[Revised entry by C.A.J. Coady on January 27, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Should political leaders violate the deepest constraints of morality in order to achieve great goods or
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[Revised entry by C.A.J. Coady on January 27, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Should political leaders violate the deepest constraints of morality in order to achieve great goods or avoid disasters for their communities? This question poses what has become known amongst philosophers as the problem of dirty hands. There are many different strands to the philosophical debate about this topic, and they echo many of the complexities in more popular thinking about politics and...

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