Idle Talk 3rd Feb 9pm- “Why is saving two is better then one?”

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“Why is saving two people better then one? A matter of fairness”

Imagine this scenario: A Coast Guard sees two ships in trouble and can only rescue one. One ship has 1 person aboard the other has 2. Most people would agree that Saving two people is the fair thing to do.

This is something that is often taken as an obvious truth but is it? In this episode we shall attempt to rationalise this assertion. We shall first examine Scanlon’s position which claims that we can justify saving the greater number of people because they have more claims to being rescued. We shall then examine some objections to Scanlon with our guest James Kirkpatrick a philosophy masters student at the University of St Andrews.