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Can There be Moral Force to Favoring an Identified over a Statistical Life?

Norman Daniels

in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190217471
eISBN:
9780190217488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217471.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Some researchers attribute the bias in favor of identified persons over statistical persons at risk to the concentration of risk that identified victims face. If they are right, and the concentration ... More


Statistical People and Counterfactual Indeterminacy

Caspar Hare

in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190217471
eISBN:
9780190217488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217471.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Sometimes, when we fail to help people, there is no fact of the matter about precisely who we would have helped, if we had helped. Counterfactuals are indeterminate. Does this fact vindicate some ... More


Concentrated Risk, the Coventry Blitz, Chamberlain’s Cancer

Nir Eyal

in Identified versus Statistical Lives: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190217471
eISBN:
9780190217488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217471.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Suppose that Churchill had known in advance about the German Blitz plan for Coventry and decided to do nothing against it, in order to cut overall British war casualties by a little. Would that ... More


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