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Introduction to Sport Ethics
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What is Ethics? A system of moral principles governing the appropriate conduct for a person or group. Ethics is NOT o Feelings o Religion o Following the law o Following culturally accepted norm o science
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What is Ethics? “[ethics] is not a matter of factual knowledge in the way that the sciences and other branches of inquiry are. Rather, it has to do with determining the nature of normative theories and applying these sets of principles to practical moral problems.” -Singer, P. (1985). Ethics. In: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1st ed. Chicago, pp.627-648.
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The “Trolley Problem” Imagine that you are an employee working for the train company as a switch operator. One day you see a train speeding down the track, its driver is in obvious distress. You realize that the train has had a malfunction and is unable to stop. You look ahead of the train and see four workers working on the track. If you allow the train to go ahead, it will surely kill all four. However, you could divert the train by switching tracks. On the alternate track, there is one worker , working alone. If you switch the train, you cause the death of one worker; if you do nothing, four will die. What will you do?
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Choice: 1. Pull the lever to save four people, but another person will die 2. Don’t pull the level, and let five people die You
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