Ideal Procedure, Nonideal Alternatives, and Proportional Chances
Kamm (F.M.)
Source: Kamm - Morality, Mortality (Vol. 1) - Death and Whom to Save from It, Chapter 7
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OUP Abstract

  1. Examines two alternatives to the ‘majority rule’ situation described in the Ch. 7, i.e. that numbers count in any consideration of saving lives.
  2. It looks at two procedures that, other than straightforwardly saving the greater number of lives, still consider the number of people that can be saved.
    1. The first is what the author calls the ‘Ideal Procedure’ for non-Taurek1 situations, in which some compromise between conflicting groups is possible; this can only be used when there is some chance of saving everyone.
    2. The other procedure is an alternative way to give numbers weight: distribution by proportional chances.
  3. Finally, the difference that present vs future need may make is considered.


Part II - Saving Lives: General Issues

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Footnote 1: See John M. Taurek.

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