S5 The Trolley Problem

Cover class for 23-25 Feb…

After watching the video answer the following questions in your notebook:

1 Would you change the points to kill one but save five?

2 Is this the same or different to leaving the points if the train was going to hit the one not the five? Why?

3 Would you push your big-boned friend to save the five?

4 What about if the guy was on a trap-door and you had a remote control and were sitting in front of a screen in a far away place? Is that different?

5. Do you find Singer’s evolutionary account satisfactory? Why/why not?

6 Most of us object to the thought of a doctor deciding to sacrifice one patient to save five others by harvesting the deceased’s organs. Try and square this with you answer to 1.

7 Illustrate your answers.