Moral obstacles: An alternative to the doctrine of double effect

Esben Overland

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    The constraint against harming people in order to save yourself and others seems stronger than the constraint against harming people as a consequence of saving yourself and others. The reduced constraint against acting in one type of case is often justified with reference to the intentions of the agent or to the fact that she does not use the people she harms as a means. In this article I offer a victim-centered account. I argue that the circumstances in which the people to be harmed find themselves are significant in distinguishing morally between two instances of harming.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)481-506
    Number of pages26
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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