Scanlon and the claims of the many versus the one

Analysis 60 (3):288–293 (2000)
In "What We Owe to Each Other", T. M. <span class='Hi'>Scanlon</span> 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, <span class='Hi'>Scanlon</span> claims, a virtue of this argument (which is traceable to Frances Kamm) 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 <span class='Hi'>Scanlon</span> 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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