I was wondering if the colloquialism of "Two wrongs don't make a right." has been considered anywhere in the ethics literature.
Maybe it could interesting to hear where this thought comes from.
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When something is non-controversially true, usually philosophers don't discuss it. And two wrongs don't make a right seems to fall in this category. But, it's not hard to think of examples of two wrongs make a right style thinking. For example, punishment might be seen as such. Look up punishment at the SEP, and you will find philosophers basically arguing that punishment is two wrongs make a right style thinking. Since this is ethical literature, such has been treated in the literature.