Doctrine of Double Effect

[Revised entry by Alison McIntyre on September 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The doctrine (or principle) of double effect is often invoked to explain the permissibility of an
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[Revised entry by Alison McIntyre on September 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The doctrine (or principle) of double effect is often invoked to explain the permissibility of an action that causes a serious harm, such as the death of a human being, as a side effect of promoting some good end. According to the principle of double effect, sometimes it is...

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