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Descriptor English: Double Effect Principle
Descriptor Spanish: Principio del Doble Efecto
Descriptor Portuguese: Princípio do Duplo Efeito
Descriptor French: Principe du double effet
Entry term(s): Doctrine of Double Effect
Doctrine, Double Effect
Double Effect Doctrine
Double Effect Rule
Effect Doctrine, Double
Effect Principle, Double
Effect Rule, Double
Principle of Double Effect
Principle, Double Effect
Principles, Double Effect
Rule of Double Effect
Rule, Double Effect
Tree number(s): K01.752.566.479.101
N05.350.238
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D034723
Scope note: 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)
Annotation: note category; use only in the context of ethics
Previous Indexing: Ethics (1979-2002)
Ethics, Medical (1997-2002)
Public MeSH Note: 2009; see DOUBLE EFFECT 2003-2008; see ETHICS 2002
History Note: 2009 (2003); use ETHICS 2002
Related: Intention MeSH
DeCS ID: 37708
Unique ID: D034723
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Date Established: 2003/01/01
Date of Entry: 2002/07/03
Revision Date: 2015/06/22
Double Effect Principle - Preferred
Concept UI M0515684
Scope note 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)
Preferred term Double Effect Principle
Entry term(s) Doctrine of Double Effect
Doctrine, Double Effect
Double Effect Doctrine
Double Effect Rule
Effect Doctrine, Double
Effect Principle, Double
Effect Rule, Double
Principle of Double Effect
Principle, Double Effect
Principles, Double Effect
Rule of Double Effect
Rule, Double Effect



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