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Scanlon and the claims of the many versus the one

Otsuka, Michael (2000) Scanlon and the claims of the many versus the one. Analysis, 60 (3). pp. 288-293. ISSN 0003-2638

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Identification Number: 10.1093/analys/60.3.288


John Taurek (1977) has famously argued that when faced with the choice between saving one stranger's life and two (or more) different strangers' lives, we should follow a principle that directs us to flip a fair coin to determine whom to save just as we would do when faced with a choice between saving one stranger and a single other stranger. We should flip a fair coin because we treat each of the one and the the many with equal concern and respect only if we give each an equal and positive chance of being saved. We give the one no chance of being saved if we instead follow a principle of saving the greater number in such cases.

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Additional Information: © 2000 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 12:31
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2024 06:39

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