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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 92, Issue 4, Fall 2018

Adam D. Bailey
Pages 669-700
DOI: 10.5840/acpq2018820160

Shared Intention and Cooperation with Evil

In a recent essay, Charles F. Capps takes issue with a permissive interpretation of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s influential understanding of cooperation with evil, and develops a more stringent interpretation. In response, I argue that Capps relies on a particular conception of what it is for a cooperator to share a wrongdoer’s bad intention, that this conception of intention sharing is not plausible because it is overly inclusive, and, that on account of this over-inclusiveness, it yields mistaken moral judgments. I then develop and defend an alternative conception of intention sharing.