Aggregation and Fairness

Workshop der Kolleg-Forschergruppe

In der Medizin kommt es ständig zu Situationen, in denen aufgrund knapper Ressourcen (Personal, Spenderorgane, Medikamente, u.ä.) nicht alle gerettet werden können. Neben vielen anderen Faktoren werfen Entscheidungen in solchen Situationen die Frage auf, ob die Anzahl der geretteten Personen moralisch von Belang ist oder nicht. Der Workshop "Aggregation and Fairness" der Kolleg-Forschergruppe soll der Klärung zentraler Probleme der "Do numbers count?"-Debatte dienen. Die Veranstaltung findet am 5. und 6. September 2013 in Raum GE 1.32 (Geiststraße 24–26) statt. Bei Interesse an einer Teilnahme wenden Sie sich bitte an dasSekretariat der Kolleg-Forschergruppe.


Aggregation and Fairness

What should we do if we can save either a smaller or a larger group of persons? Since John Taurek’s seminal article “Should the numbers count?”, it has been widely discussed whether it is morally important how many persons are affected by decisions in trade-off situations.

Arguments for saving the greater number are usually taken to rely on aggregationist assumptions. Yet those who argue that one should decide whom to save on the basis of a randomized procedure emphasize the importance of giving everyone a fair chance to be saved.

The aim of the workshop is to contribute to a better understanding of what lies at the heart of this debate by exploring the moral significance of aggregation and fairness as well as the relation between the two.



Thursday, 5 September 2013
9:15 – 9:30 Introduction
9:30 – 11:00 Limits to the Redescription-of-Outcomes Strategy in Defending Aggregative Consequentialism 
Weyma Lübbe (Regensburg)
11:30 – 13:00 From Choice to Chance? Fairness, Allocation Conflicts, and Lotteries 
Tim Henning (Gießen)
14:30 – 16:00 Reasons Against Interpersonal Aggregation 
Kirsten Meyer (Berlin)
16:30 – 18:00 Is There a Problem About Interpersonal Aggregation? 
Jan Gertken (Berlin/Münster)
Friday, 6 September 2013
9:30 – 11:00 The Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Lifeboat Cases 
Martin Peterson (Eindhoven)
11:30 – 13:00 How Should We Aggregate Competing Claims? 
Alex Voorhoeve (London/Princeton)
15:00 – 16:30 Does a Prioritarian Solution to Interpersonal Trade-off Problems Disregard the Separateness of Persons? 
Annette Dufner (Münster)