The Relevance of Personal Characteristics to Choices between Lives

Eric Rakowski

in Equal Justice

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240792
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680274 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Relevance of Personal Characteristics to Choices between Lives

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This chapter attempts to answer questions pertaining to the relevance of personal characteristics of individuals to choices between lives. That is, should such characteristics as age or the family size prompt someone to save the life of one person rather than another if he cannot save both? Also, the characteristics that are sought to influence choices between lives and under what circumstances are also explored. There are diverse choices between lives in emergencies, ranging from those firefighters occasionally have to make when rescuing people from burning buildings, to decisions soldiers confront in wartime.

Keywords: choices; personal characteristics; emergencies; life saving; medical insurance; equality of fortune

Chapter.  11413 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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