chapter  5
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How to Teach a Bad Military Ethics Course

This chapter briefly outlines the Doctrine of Double Effect (DDE) and rehearses a few examples of its application. It introduces the classic use of the DDE for defending military collateral damage, which in due course. The DDE is familiar to most students of moral philosophy. It constitutes by four criteria for evaluating the moral permissibility of certain acts, specifically those acts that issue in both good and bad effects. Several other writers have noticed the possibility of infusing the DDE with a Kantian upshot. Some of them attempted to make use of the Kantian justification, but without making significant changes to how the doctrine should be applied. Indeed, the DDE serves as a barrier to crude, act utilitarian thinking. Rule utilitarianism might work to explain the first three criteria, but plainly would not allow us to apply criterion four it is, after all, rule utilitarianism.