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Moral Dilemmas

Here are some interesting moral dilemmas to consider over your morning coffee:

  • If a lifeboat is at risk of sinking, is it OK to push some people over the edge to drown in order to save the rest?
  • If  a fat man gets stuck in the entrance to a cave, trapping other people inside, and the tide is rising, is it OK for the others to blow him up with dynamite in order to escape?
  • Is is OK to give a friend a job when there is someone more qualified?

These dilemmas are taken from Moral Reasoning: Ethical Theory and Some Contemporary Moral Problems by Victor Grassian, there are fuller descriptions of the dilemmas, plus more taken from movies and literature, on this site.

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