Scanlon and the claims of the many versus the one

Analysis 60 (3):288–293 (2000)
Abstract
In "What We Owe to Each Other", T. M. Scanlon argues that one should save the greater number when faced with the choice between saving one life and two or more different lives. It is, Scanlon claims, a virtue of this argument that it does not appeal to the claims of groups of individuals but only to the claims of individuals. I demonstrate that this argument for saving the greater number, indeed, depends, contrary to what Scanlon says, upon an appeal to the claim of a group of individuals to be saved
Keywords Choice Consequentialism Ethics Scanlon   T Taurek   J
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DOI 10.1111/1467-8284.00243
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