Doing vs. Allowing Harm

[Revised entry by Fiona Woollard and Frances Howard-Snyder on June 14, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Is there a moral difference between doing harm and merely[1] allowing
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[Revised entry by Fiona Woollard and Frances Howard-Snyder on June 14, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Is there a moral difference between doing harm and merely[1] allowing harm? If not, there should be no moral objection to active euthanasia in circumstances where passive euthanasia is permissible; and there should be no objection to bombing innocent civilians where doing so will minimize the overall number of deaths in war. There should, however, be an objection - indeed, an outcry - at our failure to prevent the deaths of millions of...

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