Analysis 36 (2):68 - 80 (1976)

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R. A. Duff
University of Stirling
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I argue that hanink's account of the principle of double effect ("some light on double effect," "analysis", volume 35, number 5) is inadequate, and rests on the mistaken assumption that the criteria for distinguishing acts from each other, intention from foresight, acting from refraining, can be specified independently of any moral perspective. i try to indicate the way to a better understanding of these distinctions, and the essential features of the kind of absolutist morality which invokes them--its concern with "agency", with "transcendent values", and with "limits" on human action. i illustrate these points by a brief discussion of suicide
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