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Record number 499069
Title How (Not) to Argue for the Rule of Rescue : Claims of Individuals versus Group Solidarity
Author(s) Verweij, M.F.
Source In: Identified versus Statistical Victims. An Interdisciplinary Perspective. / Cohen, Glenn, Daniels, Norman, Eyal, Nir, New York : Oxford University Press - p. 137 - 149.
Department(s) Philosophy
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2015
Abstract The idea of the rule of rescue is that special weight should be given to protecting lives of assignable individuals in need now even if protecting others in the future would be more cost-effective. How can this be justified? One way to cast the problem is to see it as a conflict between a collectivist approach that emphasizes protecting groups or populations versus an approach that boils down to protecting individuals. This chapter argues that one individual-oriented approach to ethics, namely contractualism, will not succeed in justifying the rule of rescue. A more promising route would instead be to focus on collectivistic values like solidarity. It argues that values like solidarity and community may render support for rescue cases. Yet such arguments are not without problems. Moreover, they have limited relevance to discussions about resource allocation in health care.
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