Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Technology for an Old Dilemma

Most philosophers are familiar with the Trolley Problem.  It's a theoretical scenario where our moral intuitions are tested: Can we provide a moral reason to distinguish between pulling a lever to divert a threat, or actively putting a person in harm's way to prevent a worse consequence?  Is there a moral difference between intentions and consequences in these situations?  Does it matter?  How do we make sense of the conflict of moral intuitions and values that your average person feels when evaluating these cases? READ MORE

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