Today’s Trolley Problem: Only One Track Leads to the Future | Opinion

| March 27, 2023 | Leave a Comment

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Date of Publication: March 13

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: New York, NY

Publisher: Newsweek

Author(s): Carter Dillard

The trolley problem is a story philosophers often use to get people thinking about ethics and their obligations to others. Traditionally, the problem has us imagine we are an onlooker standing next to a trolley track. There are five people tied to the track ahead of a moving trolley. We have the choice to save the five by pulling a lever and diverting the trolley to another track. But there is someone tied to that other track. If we pull the lever, we save the five, but the trolley will certainly kill the one person.

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