Monday, February 20, 2006

Self-defense, murder, and the doctrine of double effect

If you shoot someone in self-defense, do you have a responsibility (if it's safe) to then call an ambulance to help them out? This is an old question in ethics: it also pops up occasionally in the law; see, e.g., State ex rel. Kunst v Montana.

See this discussion of The Doctrine of Double Effect to see how some philosophers have tackled the issue.

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