Friday, November 22, 2019

Foresight and intention

The Principle of Double Effect controversially teaches that when an effect is bad, it is typically worse to intend it than to merely foresee it. I think it's interesting and somewhat refreshing to reflect on reverse cases, where we distinguish between intending and foreseeing a good effect. Obviously it's better if a legislator intends rather than merely foresees that the legislation furthers the public good. Here, it's clear that here a foresight-intention distinction captures something important.

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