Trolley Problem “A bystander happens to be standing by the track,

| April 14, 2018


Trolley Problem “A bystander happens to be standing by the track, next to a switch that can be used to turn the tram off the straight track, on which five […people] are working, onto a spur of track to the right on which only one […person] is working. The bystander therefore has only two options: […] (i) do nothing, letting five die, or (ii) throw the switch to the right, killing one” (Thomson 2008, p. 361). Explain what the bystander should do in this case, and why, according to any one of: the doctrine of double effect; the doing and allowing principle; the self-sacrifice consideration; the other-defence consideration; consequentialism. Then state what you take to be the main objection to this. Finally, come up with the strongest response you can to the objection you’ve raised. Use the remaining words to give an overall assessment of the initial argument you’ve chosen and the verdict it gives to the Trolley Problem.

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