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Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong

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Who, other than philosophy majors knew about trolleyology and its variations including x-phi (experimental philosophy)? This is a fascinating and fun read complete with the ethics questions that endlessly entertain undergraduates. If one will not consider a sacrificial murder under any circumstances, new details are added to test the boundaries of one’s core beliefs. So, if you could save five people by killing one (he is fat in order to effectively stop the train) would you do it? Enhancements can be added – suppose one could act with remote tools instead of a more personal engagement? The author, David Edmonds, is a senior research associate at the University of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, so he is eminently qualified to review the brain teasing and moral quandaries that these types of scenarios evoke. Practical ethics deals in deep thought about the choices we make and the underpinnings of those choices whether it is race, religion, bias, nationalism, etc. People make choices based on their ethics so it is practical in the sense that society must understand the ramifications of these choices and what may lie beneath them. A very relevant and interesting look at this topic and in spite of the serious subject; it is a light hearted approach. Fun diagrams, good bibliography, notes to chapters and comprehensive index.

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Author:
David Edmonds
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
220 pages
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publish Date:
2013-Oct-06
ISBN:
9780691154022
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Issue:
February 2014
Category:
Philosophy
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ISBN

9780691154022

Star Count

5

Book Author

David Edmonds

ASIN

0691154023

Page Count

220 pages

Format

Hard

Publisher

Princeton University Press

Issue

February 2014

Publication Date

2013-Oct-06

“Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong”

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