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Never Just Save the Few

Sung, LU; (2022) Never Just Save the Few. Utilitas , 34 (3) pp. 275-288. 10.1017/S0953820822000103. Green open access

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Abstract

Most people have the intuition that, when we can save the lives of either a few people in one group or many people in another group, and all other things are equal, we ought to save the group with the most people. However, several philosophers have argued against this intuition, most famously John Taurek, in his article 'Should the Numbers Count?' They argue that there is no moral obligation to save the greater number, and that we are permitted to save either the many or the few. I argue in this article that, even if we are almost completely persuaded by these 'numbers sceptics', we ought not to just save the few. If the choice is simply between saving the many or the few, we ought to save the many.

Type: Article
Title: Never Just Save the Few
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0953820822000103
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0953820822000103
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10167966
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