Review of Masek’s Intention, Character, and Double Effect

The ACPQ will publish a review I wrote of Larry Masek’s book Intention, Character, and Double Effect (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018). I delivered an earlier version of this review, in the form of an essay, at the meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, on November 22nd, 2019. That version will be available on the writings page of my website. Masek’s book is quite good, but we disagree on the question of intention, and thus on the evaluation of certain moral acts. I respond to Masek from a Thomistic perspective. Worth noting is that in my review I defend Bishop Olmsted’s characterization of the act involved in the Phoenix abortion case.