Chapter 13. Dirty Hands

  1. R. G. Frey and
  2. Christopher Heath Wellman
  1. Gerald F. Gaus

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996621.ch13

A Companion to Applied Ethics

A Companion to Applied Ethics

How to Cite

Gaus, G. F. (2007) Dirty Hands, in A Companion to Applied Ethics (eds R. G. Frey and C. Heath Wellman), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470996621.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781557865946

Online ISBN: 9780470996621

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Keywords:

  • problem of dirty hands;
  • applied ethics;
  • theory dependency;
  • conceptions of dirty hands;
  • political actions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Problem in Applied Ethics or Ethical Theory?

  • Opportunity Costs, Compromise, and Political Action

  • The Conflict of Consequences and Principles

  • Dirty Hands as a Dilemma

  • Dirty Hands and Vice

  • Dirty Hands as Coerced Betrayal Resulting from Evil Projects

  • Conclusion