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Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong

Would You Kill the Fat Man?:  The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong

by George Edmonds,
Psychology Today, January 23, 2014

You may well be familiar with this thought experiment: standing on a footbridge overlooking a railway track, an observer sees a trolley hurtling toward five people tied to the rails. Next to her is a very fat man, who, if pushed onto the track, would stop the trolley before it reached the quintet. Would you – should you – kill one fat man to save five lives?

 

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