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The Trolley Problem Mysteries
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The Trolley Problem Mysteries

F.M. Kamm and Eric Rakowski

Abstract

Suppose you can stop a trolley from killing five people, but only by turning it onto a side track where it will kill one person. May you turn the trolley? What if the only way to rescue the five is to topple a bystander in front of the trolley so that his body stops it but he dies? May you use a device to stop the trolley that will kill a bystander as a side effect? The Trolley Problem challenges us to explain and justify our intuitive judgments about these and related cases. This book presents views on this moral conundrum. After providing a brief history of views of the problem is and attemp ... More

Keywords: trolley problem, Tanner Lectures, moral dilemma, killing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247157.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F.M. Kamm, author
Lucius Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard KSG

Eric Rakowski, editor
Edward C. Halbach Jr. Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

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Introduction

Eric Rakowski

The Trolley Problem Mysteries

Comments

Kamm on the Trolley Problems

Judith Jarvis Thomson

Replies to Commentators

End Matter