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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Principle Of Double Effect

  • Introduction:
           -Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to offer a brief explanation of the Principle of Double Effect. This paper seeks to provide basic information regarding the application of this moral principle. By the way, there are certain situations in which the Principle of Double Effect is of no avail. This means that this moral principle has limitations of its own. While this logical principle is indeed grounded on the moral teachings of Scripture, we should not let guides such as this one to override the inspired pages of the Bible itself. It is also interesting to note that both the religious and Secular spheres of this world have occupied the Principle of Double Effect to determine the morality of actions in many different circumstances.
  • In Order To Determine Whether A Person Can Be Held Fully Accountable For His Or Her Sins (which are always wrong), The Following Criteria Must Be Considered:
          1.) A Serious Action
          2.) Full knowledge/understanding
          3.)  Deliberate consent of the will
  • Description:
           -The act in itself cannot be morally wrong or intrinsically evil (always wrong, regardless of this circumstances, intentions, etc.).
           -The bad effect cannot be the cause of the good effect.
           -The person cannot have a desire for the evil effect to take place in any given scenario, though it can be foreseen. Both the good and bad effects must be embraced equally.
           -There either has to be proportionate reasons for the toleration of negative consequences or must be outweighed by the good effects.
  • How To Apply The Principle Of Double Effect:
           -If the action in question violates any of the conditions described previously, then it must be rejected completely. That action must be deemed intrinsically evil.
  • Inevitable Limitations Of The Principle Of Double Effect:
           -This principle of morality can only be used for actions that have good and bad effects.