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A Robust Defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing

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Philosophers debate over the truth of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing, the thesis that there is a morally significant difference between doing harm and merely allowing harm to happen. Deontologists tend to accept this doctrine, whereas consequentialists tend to reject it. A robust defence of this doctrine would require a conceptual distinction between doing and allowing that both matches our ordinary use of the concepts in a wide range of cases and enables a justification for the alleged moral difference. In this article, I argue not only that a robust defence of this doctrine is available, but also that it is available within a consequentialist framework.

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  • Liu, Xiaofei, 2012. "A Robust Defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing," Utilitas, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(01), pages 63-81, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:utilit:v:24:y:2012:i:01:p:63-81_00
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