Should You Kill the Fat Man?

Preliminary Questions

This activity is a treatment of some of the issues thrown up by a thought experiment called 'The Trolley Problem', which was first outlined by the philosopher Philippa Foot, and then developed by Judith Jarvis Thomson and others. But before we start properly, we need to ask you four preliminary questions so we get a sense of the way that you think about morality. There are no right or wrong answers. Just select the option that most corresponds to your view.

Question 1: Torture, as a matter of principle, is always morally wrong.


Really Deep Thought

To imagine a human world without ethics, but in which life goes well, it is necessary to suppose a golden age: a world without competition, or causes of strife, or clashing desires, or envy or malice.
   --Simon Blackburn.

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