“Secondary Permissibility” and the Ethics of Harming

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
Peter A. Graham Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United States,

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There is a moral phenomenon of “Secondary Permissibility” in which an otherwise morally impermissible option is made morally permissible by the presence of another option. In this paper I explain how this phenomenon works and argue that understanding how it works suggests a new model for the structure of the ethics of harming.

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