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Philosophical interest in DDA stems from an assumption that the moral distinction between killing and letting die is reﬂective of a moral distinction between the broader categories of doing and allowing, so that the best way to explain the former is in terms of the latter (McMahan 1993, 250). 36 D. K. Chan What makes the assumption of a link between the two distinctions particularly attractive is the possibility of deﬁning the categories of doing and allowing in nonmoral terms. Philosophical work on DDA involves showing that killing is impermissible because it involves doings that bring about harm, whereas the same harm resulting from letting die may be permissible as an instance of allowing a harm to occur.
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