The Doctrine of Double Effect: Interpretations, Application & Criticisms


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What is the premise of the doctrine of double effect?

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1. Who was Thomas Aquinas?

2. Which of these is not one of the modern requirements for the doctrine of double effect, as designated by the Catholic Church?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The doctrine of double effect deals with unintended consequences of our actions. Determine your familiarity with this doctrine by using this combination quiz and worksheet. You will be asked questions about the premise of the doctrine and the modern requirements for the doctrine per the Catholic Church.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of these assessments is to evaluate your knowledge of the following:

  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Permissibility of certain actions under the doctrine
  • The doctrine's primary criticism

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet allow for the practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the doctrine of double effect
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding death of civilians in a military action and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding modern requirements of the doctrine

Additional Learning

Discover more about this doctrine by reading the lesson, The Doctrine of Double Effect: Interpretations, Application & Criticisms. These objectives will be covered:

  • Identify when the doctrine was created
  • Examine the four modern day requirements
  • Apply the doctrine to examples
  • Understand the criticisms of the doctrine