Philosophy Compass 9 (11):745-755 (2014)

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Joshua May
University of Alabama, Birmingham
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A traditional idea is that moral judgment involves more than calculating the consequences of actions; it also requires an assessment of the agent's intentions, the act's nature, and whether the agent uses another person as a means to her ends. I survey experimental developments suggesting that ordinary people often tacitly reason in terms of such deontological rules. It's now unclear whether we should posit a traditional form of the doctrine of double effect. However, further research suggests that a range of non-consequentialist factors influence moral judgment, including intentions, commissions, personal harm, and agent-centered commitments. Many, if not all, such factors appear to affect how involved the agent is in bringing about an outcome.
Keywords trolley problem  omissions  battery  norms  moral dilemmas,  linguistic analogy  Kantianism
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12172
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