Foot, Philippa, and . The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of the Double Effect

1967, Oxford Review 5:5-15, reprinted in Virtues and vices. Oxford: Blackwell.

Comment: The text introduces some crucial distinctions, discussing the difference between 'doing' and 'allowing to happen' and the related negative and positive duties. Foot argues that what matters in the Doctrine is not the directness of the actor's intention, but whether they intend to follow a negative or positive duty. This paper is most useful in teaching on the ethics of abortion and euthanasia, as well as the doctrine of double effect in general.