Are You Willing to Kill 1 to Save 5?

What the Trolley Problem reveals about your values.

The Trolley Problem dates back to Phillipa Foot’s 1967 paper — The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of the Double Effect.”

And since then, it’s usage has spiralled out of control — regularly featuring in Philosophical works from the likes of Judith Jarvis Thompson and Peter Singer.

It has also become an internet phenomenon; with Facebook and Twitter pages posting adapting versions of the problem to millions of followers.

It seems we all know what the problem poses — and our answer gives us insight into the ethical values we hold.

But, it seems, what the conclusion of the trolley problem should be is largely open to dispute.

So; is it permissible to kill someone as a means to save 5?

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