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Single Idea 4676

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 2. Causing Death]

Full Idea

The 'no trade-off' position: killing may be justified if it prevents other deaths, but not in defence of the quality of other lives, or by the miserable life of the person killed.

Gist of Idea

The 'no trade-off' position: killing is only justified if it prevents other deaths

Source

Jonathan Glover (Causing Death and Saving Lives [1977], 12.2)

Book Reference

Glover,Jonathan: 'Causing Death and Saving Lives' [Penguin 1982], p.155


A Reaction

As a utilitarian, Glover opposes this, since death is not the only source of unhappiness. Would we (if necessary) kill a terrorist who was burning down all our art galleries or churches? I would, if it was the only way.