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Single Idea 7293

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / A. Decision Conflicts / 6. Double Effect]

Full Idea

The doctrine of double effect says that it is legitimate to do harm if the harm is the unintended side-effect of an effort to achieve a legitimate goal.

Gist of Idea

It is legitimate to do harm if it is the unintended side-effect of an effort to achieve a good

Source

A.C. Grayling (Among the Dead Cities [2006], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'Among the Dead Cities' [Bloomsbury 2006], p.215


A Reaction

I think a key principle of morality is our duty to think about possible unnoticed consequences of our actions. To neglect concern for side-effects is wicked. Beyond that, the issue must concern the particulars of the situation.