Trolley Problem

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A hypothetical moral dilemma:
(1) If person A allows a speeding trolley to continue along its path—i.e., does not act—multiple people will be killed
(2) If person A instead causes one person’s death—i.e., does act—multiple people are saved; therein lies the dilemma: passively allow multiple deaths, or actively kill one—i.e., commit homicide—but save many
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The way The Good Place tackles the trolley problem is an excellent example.
I argue that, though illuminating, Thomson's current take on the Trolley Problem is mistaken.
The Good Place" Season 2, episode 6, titled "The Trolley Problem," airs on Thursday, Oct.
Greene begins Part 2 with the ubiquitous trolley problem.
The modern form of the trolley problem was articulated in 1967 by British philosopher Philippa Foot using this example: Imagine a runaway streetcar is racing toward five workers.
Variations on the trolley problem probe assumptions about the value of various types of lives: for instance, by placing an old person on one of the tracks and a disabled person on the other.
Sometimes while I'm driving to a store--well, Aunt Ava drives while I listen to music on my phone--I think about my philosophy class last spring, which I actually liked and kept attending after I'd quit the rest, and this thing we learned about called the Trolley Problem.
148) The bystander variation differs from the original trolley problem in two main respects.
In the most famous trolley problem of all, Thomson asks her readers to imagine pushing a fat man onto a track in order to stop a runaway trolley from running over five people.
In the trolley problem, five workmen will be killed by a runaway trolley unless you move a track switch which will divert the train but kill one workman--or, in another version, push a fat man off a bridge stopping the trolley.
He also revealingly misinterprets the trolley problem as being grounded in the utilitarian principle [73], an interpretation that is quite implausible and is refuted by the very survey data he cites [i.
Much of the trolley problem is created by staff, much as I hate to say it.