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double effect

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Definition of double effect in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The good and bad effect of an action, compared according to a principle which seeks to justify the action if the bad effect, though foreseen, is outweighed by the good effect: the doctrine of double effect
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  • First, it is a misinterpretation to claim that the principle of double effect shows that agents may permissibly bring about harmful effects provided that they are merely foreseen side effects of promoting a good end.
  • But the principle of double effect also covers cases when the harm is foreseen.
  • Whatever its merits, the doctrine of double effect is quite separate from the claim that we are not responsible for the results of our omissions.

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