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Philosophy
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PHLA11H3
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Ingrid L.Stefanovic

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Ethics – Week 1 – Jan 11, 2010
TheTrolley Problem”
-A trolley has lost its brakes and is heading down a line
First scenario
-You can hit a switch a divert the trolley…kills one man instead of 5…would you f lip it?
Second scenario
-You are on a bridge over a line…you can push a large person onto a line which would stop
the trolley but be killed…would you push the man?
Is it wrong to eat people?
Scenario 1: starving explorers: should they:
-All die of hunger
-Draw lots for who will be eaten?
-Eat the oldest? Youngets?
-First one to die?
Scenario 2: mr meiwes, advertised on the web for someone to let themselves be eaten. Mr.
Brandes responded and was eaten. Does consent make it ok?
Two questions about these questions: what did you say? Why?
One definition of philosophy: its the questions behind the questions: the questions that dont
come with definite methods to find the answers.
Philosophical questions are often phrased in terms of meaning:
-What does it mean to exist?
-What does it mean to be free?
In philosophy, Nothing is Sacred
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Ethics Week 1 Jan 11, 2010 The Trolley Problem - A trolley has lost its brakes and is heading down a line First scenario - You can hit a switch a divert the trolleykills one man instead of 5would you flip it? Second scenario - You are on a bridge over a lineyou can push a large person onto a line which would stop the trolley but be killedwould you push the man? Is it wrong to eat people? Scenario 1: starving explorers: should they: - All die of hunger - Draw lots for who will be eaten? - Eat the oldest? Youngets? - First one to die?
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