Who would you kill?

Trolley Problem

What can philosophy bring to an EFL classroom besides a host of teachers that chose the wrong major in college? A lot, it turns out. Because much of philosophy requires little more than a reasoned opinion, everyone should be able to contribute.

The ‘trolley problem’ is a classic philosophy conundrum, an ethical dilemma that gets you thinking about the reasons you have for a particular belief. Perhaps you’ve never thought about why you believe what you do. Perhaps your reasons will surprise you.

Here, you’re standing at a switch with a train coming head on. You can’t stop the train, but you can choose which track the train will take. Tied to one track is a baby, while the other has five adults. You have no time to untie them. Who do you kill and why?

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