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The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum
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The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum [Versión Kindle]

Thomas Cathcart

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A trolley is careering out of control. Up ahead are five workers; on a spur to the right stands a lone individual. You, a bystander, happen to be standing next to a switch that could divert the trolley, which would save the five, but sacrifice the one—do you pull it? Or say you’re watching from an overpass. 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….

This ethical conundrum—based on British philosopher Philippa Foot’s 1967 thought experiment—has inspired decades of lively argument around the world. Now Thomas Cathcart, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, brings his sharp intelligence, quirky humor, and gift for popularizing serious ideas to “the trolley problem.” Framing the issue as a possible crime that is to be tried in the Court of Public Opinion, Cathcart explores philosophy and ethics, intuition and logic. Along the way he makes connections to the Utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham, Kant’s limits of reason, St. Thomas Aquinas’s fascinating Principle of Double Effect, and more.

Read with an open mind, this provocative book will challenge your deepest held notions of right and wrong. Would you divert the trolley? Kill one to save five? Would you throw the fat man off the bridge?

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  • Editor: Workman Publishing Company (10 de septiembre de 2013)
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas start reading this. Savor a unique approach to understanding an old problem and become a critical thinker on new issues 12 de octubre de 2013
Por STEVEN KUSSIN - Publicado en Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. We live in times when information comes at us fast, and like drinking from the torrent of a fire hydrant, we take in too little. Our thinking then becomes shallow and sloppy. The Trolley Problem by Tom Cathcart of 'Plato and Platypus Walk Into A Bar' fame is doing something different here.
Slowly but inexorably the reader feels the pull of the book's gravity as it draws us into what might seem an arcane area of little contemporary interest. The Trolley Problem is a classic ethical dilemma. But Cathcart breathes contemporary life into it making a rich font for many daily dilemmas.
The Trolley Problem ( when, in one version, a bystander diverts a racing trolley away from five people by choosing to pull a switch that instead diverts its path to a track that will kill only one innocent bystander) Cathcart first deconstructs the classic arguments from the world of philosophers (Hume, Bentham, Kant, Aquinas and others) using his trademarked humor and clarity.. But then something happens. He makes us think! He draws analogies to 9/11, medical rationing , Obamacare, Homeland Security. Not only do we see the Trolley Problem in a new light but also these very contemporary controversies take on a new dimension . Reason, logic ethics morality and gut feelings are are examined against what is happening in the headlines today.
Increasingly morality is seen as a simple offshoot of human evolution. Using old neural pathways, brain anatomy, and the identical brain chemistry of ancient primates and mammals, human evolution puts them to new use. They allow us to live in a complex society and interact with each other in new ways.
Cathcart with humor grace and an incisive mind, presents old problems in new ways allowing us to think carefully critically and thoughtfully. Your time will be well spent and your views on things will be forever changed when you have finished this wonderful journey he guides us through
This is a wonderful book only Cathcart could write and you need not be a philosopher to apply. This book is for everyone who will allow themselves the luxury and joy of just slowing down and thinking, if just for awhile. A must read.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Faith in my fellow man restored 28 de diciembre de 2013
Por John Andrews - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I lived in San Francisco in 1967 when the original paper was published. I have fond memories of the group discussions and opinions that were offered at the time. A lot has happened since then but as far as I can tell the jury has not changed its mind on the verdict. Since I do not want to reveal the verdict and spoil the book for future readers, let me just conclude by saying that people have not changed in there basic ethics and morals and that gives me hope.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas THE TROLLEY PROBLEM 6 de diciembre de 2013
Por Jo A. Hopkins - Publicado en Amazon.com
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PURCHASE REVIEW -THE TROLLEY PROBLEM - This is an excellent book with a unique subject and it is well written.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A superb scenario about ethics and thought 2 de diciembre de 2013
Por Theodore A. Rushton - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Looking for an answer? It isn't here; instead, Cathcart rephrases the basic question in a variety of combinations which leave the ethics to the reader.

About 500 years ago, Galileo and others figured out the Earth revolved around the Sun. This contradicted the Bible, and so people were burned at the stake for daring to hold beliefs that the Church said condemned them to eternity in Hell. Burning at the stake wasn't part of astronomical learning; it was to teach the spectators about the eternal fate awaiting those who rejected the wisdom of the church.

The principle is similar to the trolley dilemma; do you sacrifice one to save many? Burn one heretic at the stake to save a multitude of spectators? The church, which cites the "wisdom" of St. Thomas Aquinas and the like, answered with a flaming 'Yes!"

Unfortunately, the "trolley debate" doesn't answer such questions. If anything, it shows that absolute answers are absolutely wrong. What if the five were serial killers ready to kill again if not stopped, and the one was a scientist on the verge of a cure for cancer? What if the five were scientists on the verge of a cure for cancer, and the one was a serial killer?

This is a book to generate thought, not to provide easy answers. For those who enjoy thinking, it's wonderful.

Chatham asks if someone would sacrifice their own life to save five strangers on the trolley tracks; well, would you? He ignores soldiers who fall on a live grenade to save others but cites pilots who stay with a doomed aircraft to fly it away from residential areas. Well, what would you do?

Obviously he cannot cite all possible examples. But, he raises enough issues to delight every thinking reader. Should anyone come up with an ethical answer, modern optimism says they won't be burned at the stake for discovering an original truth. Or would they be shunned or ignored? Well, would they?
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Thought provoking 30 de noviembre de 2013
Por Jack - Publicado en Amazon.com
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An overused philosophy problem is given a new twist by a very entertaining writer. One can easily breeze through the book in one sitting or choose to read a chapter at a time and allow your thoughts to dwell and wander on the way the issue is presented differently depending on point of view. Either way, it is time well spent and great material for discussion as well as possibly writing the author to suggest other variations or approaches he missed.
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