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Risking Life and Limb: How to Discount Harms by Their Improbability

Otsuka, Michael


This chapter argues that complaints against suffering harm should be discounted by the chance that someone—rather than the chances that particular individuals—would suffer harm. The case, after such discounting, for preventing the greater harm is not undermined by the mere fact of ignorance of the identity of who would suffer harm. Even when ignorance of a victim’s identity is explained by the presence of objective and indeterministic risks of harm, the presence of such risks hardly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Identified versus Statistical Lives
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217471.003.0006


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