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Utilitarianism and the pandemic

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There are no egalitarians in a pandemic. The scale of the challenge for health systems and public policy means that there is an ineluctable need to prioritize the needs of the many. It is impossible to treat all citizens equally, and a failure to carefully consider the consequences of actions could lead to massive preventable loss of life. In a pandemic there is a strong ethical need to consider how to do most good overall. Utilitarianism is an influential moral theory that states that the ri...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-1691-6403
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Merton College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-3958-8633
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Grant:
203132/Z/16/Z
104848/Z/14/Z
203132/Z/16/Z
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Bioethics Journal website
Volume:
34
Issue:
6
Pages:
620-632
Publication date:
2020-05-20
Acceptance date:
2020-05-20
DOI:
EISSN:
1467-8519
ISSN:
0269-9702
Pmid:
32433782
Pubs id:
1106206
Local pid:
pubs:1106206

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