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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Doctrine of the Double Effect and the NFL Bounty Controversy

Simons kenKen Simons (Boston University) has this post at PrawfsBlawg, for those seeking alternatives or supplements to the trolley problem. In part:

I do not suggest that the purpose/ knowledge distinction is the only source of public outrage over the Saints' "bounty" system.  Another possible source is the egregiously quid-pro-quo nature of paying a bounty.  Any bounty system makes it uncomfortably clear how much the NFL rewards violence.  But I doubt that the payment of bounties is the whole explanation.  Suppose, for every "hard hit" or every successful sack of a quarterback, a player received a financial reward.  I doubt that serious outrage would be the reaction.

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