The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Professor Thomas Cavanaugh

Back to Dean's Scholar Award 2012 - 2013Thomas CavanaughThe college recognizes Thomas Cavanaugh for his work on the ethics of double-effect. In his book, “Double-Effect Reasoning: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil,” (Oxford: Clarendon Press) he presents the first detailed history of double-effect while articulating and defending new criteria for assessing hard moral cases found, for example, in medical, legal and military fora. While prompting consideration by prominent philosophers, his book has garnered praise and numerous reviews in journals such as Mind and The Philosophical Quarterly.

Dr. Cavanaugh, a professor in USF’s philosophy department, joined the faculty in 1994. During his tenure at USF, he has served the department as Chair and as the Ethics Coordinator. He received the Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame and the A. B. from Thomas Aquinas College.