An Analysis Of Peter Aquinas: Double Effect Reasoning

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Aquinas double-effect reasoning comes as moral questions treating the moral topics with nature of human action, action, virtues, vices, sins, grace and faith surrounding the analysis of self-defense in order of judging human action. Peter Knauer looks at double effect as the basis for every moral judgment. When you have a proportional reason for doing what you are doing then what might appear to be a direct killing because of the proportionate reason it becomes an indirect killing. Or what appears to be moral evil, if you have a proportionate reason for doing what your doing then it becomes a physical evil. Death row is an example of direct killing. Knauer would say that if the government has a proportionate reason for doing what it’s doing then it becomes an indirect killing. Most people would look at the death penalty as a direct killing and not an indirect killing. Double effect reasoning is central for knauer, it brings justification to …show more content…
Intentionality and causality can be mix up. The presence or the absence of good intention will change the causality from direct to indirect. This is somewhat is hidden under proportionality. An example would be like a friend of ours that was having a late pregnancy in her forties, she was told that the child was going to have Down syndrome along with a possible heart issue they found in her. It was possible that she would not go the term and that she either would have a mis-carriage in addition to other complications. In light of causing any harm to her and potentially having other health issue to herself, she was told she might want to consider an abortion. Here you have a proportionate reason, which in light of the topic would make all abortions indirect and would fit with moral traditions. In reality it is up to us to decide whether there is proportionate reason. She did have the child and it did not have down syndrome and her heart is doing

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