PHIL 181 - Lecture 15 - Empirically-informed Responses

Lecture 15 - Empirically-informed Responses

Overview

The Trolley Problem, as discussed in the last lecture, is the problem of reconciling an apparent inconsistency in our moral intuitions: that while it is permissible to turn the runaway trolley to a track thus killing one to save five, it is impermissible to push a fat man onto the trolley track, killing him to save the five. In this lecture, Professor Gendler reviews several “non-classic” responses to this problem, each of which aims to bring the two cases, and hence our apparently conflicting judgments about them, together. The three responses considered differ not only in their conclusions, but also in their methodologies, illustrating how different techniques might be brought to bear on philosophical puzzles.

Resources

Assignment

Sunstein, “Moral Heuristics”

Greene, “The cognitive neuroscience of moral judgment”

Sommers, “Trolley Problems”

Cushman, “The Psychology of Dilemmas and the Philosophy of Morality”

Course Media

Transcript

html

Audio

mp3

Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]