Tragic Choices #in-the-time-of-the-virus: 1 of 2: Philip C. Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and director for the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School.

Apr 21, 2020, 02:33 AM
Photo: Horse-drawn trams continued to be used in New York City until 1917.   Public domain.
       The trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics modeling an ethical dilemma. It's generally considered to represent a classic clash between two schools of moral thought, utilitarianism and deontological ethics. The general form of the problem is this:
There's a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You're standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two options: 
  1. Do nothing and allow the trolley to kill the five people on the main track.
  2. Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.
Which is the more ethical option? Or, more simply: What is the right thing to do?
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"Just before the last of these vehicles was banished from the streets of New York City, the photographer snapped one of them as it passed alongside a 'Modern Electric Car' powered by the conduit between the rails. This photo was shot on Broadway just north of the intersection with Broome Street. The car is headed southbound." 
      Photo, looking north, shows horse-drawn and electric trams side by side.
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Tragic Choices #in-the-time-of-the-virus: 1 of 2: Philip C. Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and director for the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School. 


Tragic Choices (The Fels Lectures on Public Policy Analysis) by Guido Calabresi


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