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refers to the essence of all the effects of natural or social events that, in contrast to benefit, do not maintain or increase the possibilities of human life, but diminish them. The subject of ethical consideration cannot be damage caused by nature (IV), but only damage as the consequence of human action. The deliberate production of damage by action is to be rejected, the careless to be reproved. However, no action is entirely immune to producing damage. Therefore, the potential of actions to produce damage – especially the development and employment of techniques (Tech…

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Herms, Eilert, “Damage”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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