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Unformatted text preview: Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Trolley Problem Outline I. Phillipa Foot designed Trolley Problem in which Trolley driver must choose. Transplant problem with 5 patients dying and a young man comes in for a visit. Foot asks why people find the Trolley driver more appropriate in turning where its wrong for surgeon. II. Foot states difference between killing and letting die. i. Killing one is worse than letting five die ii. Killing five is worse than killing one In Foot’s the trolley driver would have control and actually kill 5 in not turning. Thomson then creates BATS. In turning the switch one runs a moral risk. The difference btwn the driver and the BATS is the BATS doesn’t kill anyone by walking away. She says the BATS “may” intervene. Thomson feels (i) is wrong in that if BATS throws switch he kills one. III. Thomson plays around with the idea that in the Transplant case the surgeon was in some...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PHIL 1010 taught by Professor Hyde,jason during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.
- Fall '07