The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?

A Philosophical Conundrum
by Thomas Cathcart

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A trolley is careering out of control. Up ahead are five workers; on a spur to the right stands a lone individual. You, a bystander, happen to be standing next to a switch that could divert the trolley, which would save the five, but sacrifice the one—do you pull...

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Published By Workman Publishing Company

Format Hardback

Number Of Pages 144

Publication Date 09/10/2013

ISBN 9780761175131

Dimensions 5.35 inches x 7.35 inches


“Jaunty, lucid and concise.”

—Sarah Bakewell, The New York Times Book Review


“Thomas Cathcart's charming approach in The Trolley Problem is to dramatize the dilemma by presenting… a trial in the court of public opinion, complete with arguments from lawyers on both sides as well as a psychologist, a professor, a bishop, listeners to a radio call-in show and so forth…”
The Wall Street Journal

“The extremely engaging philosopher Thomas Cathcart… explores ethical conundrums in a refreshingly innovative and humorous manner.”
The New Idealist