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  • The Trolley Problem

    times since then, the trolley problem and the countless possible presented solutions for it are moral dilemmas we’ve discussed over and over again throughout the course of this semester. The trolley problem discussed in the topic of this paper is a bit different than others we have had discussions over in class, but still begs the question of whether or not we should flip the infamous switch. Furthermore, the second half of the prompt asks whether or not it would be morally right to give preferential treatment in this situation if a relative of ours was on the second track. In this paper, I will argue that the morally right thing for a bystander to do in the trolley problem dilemma would be to flip…

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  • Thomson Self Defense Analysis

    cannot make any determination. It is this final statement, of the lack of a final moral determination, that may cause some to reject a black box approach but again I disagree as I think this is actually the point and why Thompson is wrong with the Innocent Bystander (IB). Taking Thompson’s aggressors cases, they would fit in well with the previous scenario, if we knew the man who died was the aggressors and actively trying to kill the other, we would assign self-defence. There seems to be a…

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  • Utilitarianism And The Trolley Case Analysis

    Ethics has a great impact on people whenever they are facing a difficult or biased situation. It depends on what ethical philosophies that people believe in, which would justify their actions towards a specific problem. The goal of this paper is to reflect the different responses of bystanders under two different ethical approaches, which are the utilitarianism or the deontology approach. According to the textbook (Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to…

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  • Consequentialism: The Trolley Problem

    The trolley problem was an experiment that looked to explore the concept of human morality and a philosophical view of consequentialism. The general form of the problem went as follows: You have two options. The first option is to do nothing, which results in the trolley killing five people. The second option is to pull a lever diverting the trolley where it will kill one person. Over the years, there have been many variations for this thought experiment. One of the most popular variations has…

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  • Child Pornography Ring Analysis

    chances are many others do as well. Kerr’s (2016) piece takes a more logical approach than Yung (2016) where he describes the ‘trolley issue’ and compares that to the issue at hand. Either way, child pornography is bad but sometimes you need to choose the lesser evil. One way or another someone is going to get hurt, but it is about making sure to prevent more children in the future from being hurt. Kerr (2016) argues that more often than not people who…

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  • The Trolley Problem Analysis

    permissible.” (The Trolley Problem) What is morally right and wrong has been an argument for philosopher for centuries. In 1976, a woman named Judith Thomson, a moral philosopher and metaphysician from Columbia University, wrote the book “Killing, Letting Die, and The Trolley Problem”. Thomson wrote this book about a very controversial moral issue, the Trolley Problem. The Trolley Problem is a hypothetical problem in which a trolley is coming down the tracks with five people on them. The five…

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  • Ethical Dilemmas Of Self-Driving Cars

    When a car is out on the road, the driver has the responsibility to make moral and ethical decisions concerning not only his or her safety, but also the safety of others. Similarly, fully automatic self-driving cars would be expected to do the same. Designing self-driving cars is a difficult process as many ethical decision-making codes have to be programmed into the cars. Ethical principles have to be reviewed carefully before they are implemented into the self-driving cars so that the public…

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  • The Runaway Trolley Problem

    In the trolley problem, a runaway trolley is headed for five people who will be killed unless steps are taken to stop it. The only way to save them is to hit a switch that will turn the trolley onto an alternate track where it will kill one person instead of five. When people are presented with this dilemma, the most common answer is “yes,” they would switch the tracks in order to save the greatest number of people (Greene). This information shows how an individual’s emotion and reason are able…

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  • Trolley Problem Analysis

    The trolley problem is a made-up scenario that could happen in many instances where a person must make an intuition decision to save either five lives or one. The trolley problem at hand is about engineering self-driving cars. The scenario is whether the self-driving car will crash into a building and kill the passenger and owner or the car which would only be one person, or to swerve and hit and kill five other random bystanders. Views on what to do vary between various types of people’s…

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  • The Runaway Trolley Analysis

    The first Dilemma is The Runaway Trolley. In short, The Runaway Trolley deals with a complex situation where Molly needs to push a stranger onto the tracks to prevent the trolley from killing five workmen. If she does not push the stranger the five workers will die. According to the Utilitarianism, a philosophical school of thought, Molly should push the stranger onto the tracks to save the five workers. Utilitarianism would argue that five lives is greater than one. Therefore, Molly would have…

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