Experts Meeting on Double Effect: Theoretical and Practical Challenges

04 Mar 2014

STI’s first Experts Meeting at the University of Notre Dame is scheduled to begin Thursday. The meeting will explore the role that intention, foresight, and proportionality play in determinations of moral or legal fault.

STI’s first Experts Meeting at the University of Notre Dame is scheduled to begin Thursday. The meeting, titled “Intention and Double-Effect: Theoretical and Practical Challenges” will explore the role that intention, foresight, and proportionality play in determinations of moral or legal fault. 12 scholars of philosophy, law, history, theology and Jewish studies from North America and Europe will deliver papers over the three-day private conference.  They will discuss how the concepts undergirding “double-effect reasoning” (e.g. intention, foresight, proportionality) are or should be used to evaluate the morality and legality of the use of lethal force by public and private persons. Additionally, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, will deliver a lecture open to the public on “Mercy in the Teaching and Ministry of Pope Francis.”

Notre Dame philosophy professor John O’Callaghan will serve as the Academic Leader.  The Jacques Maritain Center, which O’Callaghan directs, will cosponsor the meeting. Additional support has been received by Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship of Liberal Arts, Henkel’s Institute and Nanovic Institute.

The meeting should serve a springboard for future discussions of how international and domestic lawmakers can formulate legal principles that answer to the common moral conviction that innocent persons should never be the object of intentional lethal force.