Problems of Dirty Hands as a Species of Moral Conflicts
21 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 11, 2017
Every problem of dirty hands is a moral conflict in which a highly unpalatable course of conduct is chosen for the sake of fulfilling a stringent moral duty, and in which either the chosen course of conduct is evil or else it would have been evil in the absence of the exigent circumstances to which it is a response. To support this conception of problems of dirty hands, this paper endeavors to elucidate the nature of moral conflicts and the nature of evil.
Keywords: dirty hands, moral conflicts, evil, sadism, callousness, moral duties
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