‘Describing & Delineating Effects’: Comment on a Paper by Thomas Finegan

Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1639

11 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2016

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John Finnis

Notre Dame Law School; University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 4, 2016

Abstract

This paper makes some perennially relevant points about the distinction between effects that are intended and effects that are foreseen [i.e. side effects]; about the way my knowing what I am doing differs from my observing what I am doing; and about the real possibility (not least because of the reality of conditional intentions) of pursuing more than one plan in a single item of behavior. It was delivered as a comment on Dr. Thomas Finegan’s unpublished paper ‘Describing and Delineating Effects,’ at a symposium on ‘Double effect’ organized by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, at Blackfriars, Oxford, in July 2016.

Keywords: Intention, Side effects, Multiple intentions

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Finnis, John M., ‘Describing & Delineating Effects’: Comment on a Paper by Thomas Finegan (November 4, 2016). Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1639, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2864412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2864412

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