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DER and remaining considerations

T. A. Cavanaugh

in Double-Effect Reasoning

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780199272198
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199272190.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

DER and remaining considerations

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This chapter considers a number of remaining questions following the arguments of the previous chapters: Does one owe reparations for causing foreseen harm? How (considering cases Quinn proposes) does double effect apply in cases of allowing? Can one employ double effect to evaluate one’s otherwise good act that becomes problematic due to another’s wrongful conduct (material cooperation)? While the i/f distinction has independent ethical relevance, must the law accord it similar independent legal import? How does the Roman Catholic Church receive DER? The chapter also indicates how jurists in constitutional legal systems that incorporate exceptionless legal norms (such as the U.S. Bill of Rights) employ a legal analogue to double effect.

Keywords: Catholic Church; constitutional law; double effect; euthanasia; legislative intent; material cooperation; non-combatant casualties; Quinn; reparations; war

Chapter.  10324 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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