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The trolley problem mysteries

Author: F M Kamm
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Series: Berkeley Tanner lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'The Trolley Problem Mysteries' considers whether who turns the trolley and/or how it is turned (or otherwise stopped) affect the moral permissibility of acting and suggests general proposals for when we may and may not harm some people to help others.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F M Kamm
ISBN: 9780190247157 0190247150
OCLC Number: 905518170
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 256 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Eric Rakowski --
Lecture I: Who turned the trolley? --
Lecture II: How was the trolley turned? --
Diagrams --
Kamm on the trolley problems / Judith Jarvis Thomson --
Trolleys and permissible harm / Thomas Hurka --
Solving the trolley problem / Shelly Kagan --
The trolley problem mysteries on trial : defending the trolley problem, a type of solution to it, and a method of ethics / F.M. Kamm.
Series Title: Berkeley Tanner lectures.
Responsibility: F.M. Kamm ; with commentaries by Judith Jarvis Thomson, Thomas Hurka, Shelly Kagan ; edited and introduced by Eric Rakowski.

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