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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Would You Kill The Fat Man?


Would you kill one man to save five people? That's the moral dilemma at the heart of The Trolley Problem, which I discussed on America Weekend with Dr. David Edmonds or Oxford's Centre For Practical Ethics and author of "Would You Kill The Fat Man?" He explained the basics of the problem, involving a runaway train, workers on the track, and a fat guy on an overpass -- and then explained what your answer tells us about right and wrong. We talked about whether there are geographical differences in morality, how philosophical problems like this have real world equivalences and applications, and what other factors might go into your decision.

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