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Intentions

Jonathan Bennett

in The Act Itself

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237914
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019823791X.003.0011
 Intentions

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This chapter analyses and criticizes the view, contained in the ‘doctrine of double effect’, that it is worse to act intending to produce a bad result than to act merely foreseeing that your action will produce a bad result. The analysis makes use of the decision in Ch. 2 to proceed in terms of facts about behaviour rather than acts, and gains strength from that chapter's analysis of the ‘by’‐locution.

Keywords: action; double effect; foresight; intention

Chapter.  14610 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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