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Double Effect Principle

"Double Effect Principle" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Guideline for determining when it is morally permissible to perform an action to pursue a good end with knowledge that the action will also bring about bad results. It generally states that, in cases where a contemplated action has such double effect, the action is permissible only if: it is not wrong in itself; the bad result is not intended; the good result is not a direct causal result of the bad result; and the good result is "proportionate to" the bad result. (from Solomon, "Double Effect," in Becker, The Encyclopedia of Ethics, 1992)


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Double Effect Principle" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Double Effect Principle" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 13 publications over 9 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 1993 and 1996 and 1997 and 2003
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