in ethics—the Trolley Problem—than Judith Jarvis Thomson. Though the problem is originally due to Philippa Foot, Thomson showed how Foot’s simple solution. These slides are for an Introduction to Philosophy course at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They talk about. By Judith Jarvis Thomson, Published on 01/01/ Recommended Citation. Judith Jarvis Thomson, The Trolley Problem, 94 Yale L.J. (). Available at.

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This is the crux of the classic thought experiment known as the trolley dilemma, developed by philosopher Philippa Foot in and adapted by Judith Jarvis Thomson in If you pull the lever, the trolley will be redirected onto a side track and the five people on the main track will be saved. Imagine you are standing beside some tram tracks. If this is the case, then deciding to do nothing would be considered pgoblem immoral act if one values five lives more than one.

As this disaster looms, you glance down and see a lever connected to the tracks.

Retrieved 8 November Lombardi – – New Scholasticism 54 2: Peter; Bartels, Daniel M. End-of-Life Decisions and Moral Psychology: Evolution and Human Behavior.

Bart Gruzalski – – Mind 90 Ina Facebook page under the name “Trolley Problem Memes” was recognised for its popularity on Facebook. Write an article and join a growing community of more than 77, academics and researchers from 2, institutions.


A brilliant transplant surgeon has five patients, each in need of a different organ, each of whom will die without that organ. Laura D’Olimpio does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

InJoshua Greene and colleagues published the results of the first significant empirical investigation of people’s responses to trolley problems. Here is an alternative case, due to Judith Jarvis Thomson[3] containing similar judjth and results, but without a trolley:. judiht

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From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Thompson offered a different perspective. The Trolley Problem in Normative Ethics categorize this paper.

They also question the premise of the scenario. Craig Paterson – – Journal of Nursing Law 6 4: How Not to Test for Philosophical Expertise. This is one of his examples:. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Fried – – Philosophical Quarterly 62 Thompson and other philosophers have given us other variations on the trolley dilemma that are also scarily entertaining. So, would you pull the lever, leading to one death but saving five? On these grounds, they advocate for the dual-process account of moral decision-making. However, there is large man standing next to you on the footbridge.

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The trolley dilemma: would you kill one person to save five?

The trolley problem is a specific ethical thought experiment among several that highlights the difference between deontological trollley consequentialist ethical systems.

Should you flip the switch? Suppose further that if the young man were to disappear, no one would suspect the doctor. Archived from the original on Anton Tupa – – Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 1: Moral Dilemmas and Moral Rules.

In the first trolley dilemma, the person who pulls the lever is saving the life of the five workers and letting the one person die. Retrieved 20 April You see a runaway trolley moving toward five tied-up or otherwise incapacitated people lying on the tracks.

You are standing next to a lever that controls a switch. The reason this might affect someone’s decision is that in this case, the death of the one actually is part of the plan to teh the five.

The Trolley Problem in Normative Ethics. Beside this example is placed another in which a pilot whose airplane is about to crash is deciding whether to steer from a jarvi to a less inhabited area.