Scanlon on Double Effect [Book Review]

In this new book Moral Dimensions, T. M. Scanlon (2008) explores the ethical significance of the intentions and motives with which people act. According to Scanlon, these intentions and motives do not have any direct bearing on the permissibility of the act. Thus, Scanlon claims that the traditional Doctrine of Double Effect (DDE) is mistaken. However, the way in which someone is motivated to act has a direct bearing on what Scanlon calls the act's "meaning". One particularly important kind of "meaning" that an act can have consists in the ways in which it is appropriate for various people to blame the agent for the act. So the book ends with an extended analysis of blame and blameworthiness.
Keywords Doctrine of Double Effect  Scanlon  Normative ethics
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DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2011.00517.x
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Judith Jarvis Thomson (1991). Self-Defense. Philosophy and Public Affairs 20 (4):283-310.

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