Deotological Trolley Dilemma

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According to the deonotological moral theory is the approach in regards to the trolley dilemma morally permissible? I guess we should look at the thought of what denotological moral theory is. The denotoligist approaches a situation at looking at what is wrong or right for the action they commit versus looking at what is wrong or right based on the consequence. This brings us to the question of should one turn the trolley to the tracks on the right in order to avoid the 5 men on the tracks and just hitting the one man on the track? I guess this brings me back to an earlier question regarding hiding a friend from the Nazi's. While yes it is a moral dilemma to let even one person die, a deotologist would suggest that the consequence to not …show more content…
We can look at this as not committing the horrific act of taking one's life but to saving the lives of five. Unfortunately this is a disastrous situation it is an unplanned situation. The deontologist theory seems to consider all the critical points when it comes to moral dilemmas. In this case we need to have clear and concise thoughts and be moved by the situation around us. Basically act rational and deem what is a desirable end (case in point, less loss of life). The means to an end so to speak. This allows a person to make his or her decisions by treating everything or everyone involved with the same respect. This also allows them to look at the nature of the situation and steer them to the best outcome. Thinking about this scenario a little more it could be said that steering the trolley off the track could divert the threat from the larger group to the lone workman. Even though steering harm towards the lone workman make look bad, it yields the result of saving the lives of others. I guess one would have to ask the question is it better to harm just one in order to save …show more content…
I would asses the entire situation and run thorough the what if's, however in the end I would make the decision to sacrifice the the other man's life. I would have to do what appears at the time to be more of a positive outcome. I would try to do what I could to save the other man but in the end if not, I would know that I tried in that moment. I would try to do my best given the situation at hand. Now to explain it from the utilitarianism point of view. First we must define what utilitarianism means. Utilitarianism is just the opposite of the denotoligy moral theory makeup. This brings me back to intrinsic worth. Worth is something that cannot be taken away from us. This will allow us as a living soul to make our own decisions, set goals, reach them, and direct us to reason. We must never guide, shape or take advantage of another person or treat them as a mean to achieve our own end. This theory is almost like a person has to give up what they believe in order to do what is looked at as morally right. It is almost contradictory. One must choose one's life over others. In the trolley scenario all can not be saved. This theory appears very hard to live up to. It appears that this theory does not look at that we are all human and will make poor judgments somewhere along the way, even if the intent was good. Utilitarianism puts everything on an equal playing

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