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Indeed many complications Kerstein introduces later to defend his own account also seem available to the respect for humanity account charitably understood. The book's criticisms of alternative understandings of treating others as mere means also display clarity and patience. Moore, the difficulty with his conception of moral norms is that it expresses a Kantian account of these norms in the idiom of W. But this argumentative strategy is not, it seems to me, sufficiently evenhanded.

Since the book

The book investigates how, morally speaking, scarce resources such as flu vaccine ought to be distributed. Consider Kerstein's discussion of triage. The failure to focus on persons as temporally extended also raises questions when we shift our focus from patients to agents, from the demand-side of ethical theory to its supply-side. Do not speak through a companion.

But in the developing country, some subjects receive an ineffective placebo. The book questions the plausibility of an orthodox Kantian account of the dignity of persons, but then offers a novel account of its own.

If a trial of this drug were conducted in a developed country, it would be active-controlled and all participants would receive effective treatment. Since the book does not purport to articulate an orthodox Kantian theory, it may seem inappropriate to focus so much attention on its departures from the spirit of Kant's view. Within Kantian ethics, after all, the morality of killing can be approached in a different manner.

The concern here is not that Kerstein is a closet consequentialist, but rather that he articulates and defends Kantian claims using an idiom and method not well suited to that purpose. What needs respecting under the principle is persons, not persons-at-a-time, so there can be no quick move from differential treatment to unequal status in this case. This criticism, unlike most in the book, seems problematically uncharitable. The book aims, first, to develop ideas suggested by the Formula of Humanity into clear, plausible moral principles. The chapter then sets forth the notion of a person that the book employs.