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The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum
 
 
Author
Thomas Cathcart.
Publisher Workman  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780761175131
Pages/Publication Date 132/2013
Daedalus Item Code 39063
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In his first solo effort since he and college pal Danny Klein co-authored Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and other books about how jokes can illuminate philosophical ideas, Thomas Cathcart revisits a 1967 thought experiment by British philosopher Philippa Foot—an ethical conundrum that has inspired lively argument around the world. A trolley is careering out of control; up ahead are five workers, while on a spur to the right stands a lone individual. You could throw a track switch to divert the trolley, which would save the five but sacrifice the one. Do you pull it? Or you might be watching from an overpass, and the only way to save the workers is to drop a heavy object in the trolley's path—and you're standing next to a really fat man. Conducting a trial in the Court of Public Opinion, Cathcart explores philosophy and ethics, intuition and logic, with connections to the Utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham, Kant's limits of reason, and St. Thomas Aquinas's Principle of Double Effect. Read with an open mind, this provocative book may challenge your deepest held notions of right and wrong.

"Stop! Before you throw anyone off the bridge or under the bus, grab this witty, intelligent, and fast-paced treatise on ethical reasoning and chuckle your way to fresh moral insight. With Tom Cathcart as guide, you'll discover the pleasure of ethics without the sermon."—Marvin M. Ellison

 
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Studio: Viking.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780670020836.  Daedalus Item Code: 31100
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