Analysis Of The Train Switch Dilemma

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In the story the “train switch dilemma” a single train car is rushing toward a group of five unknowing workers who cannot hear the train approaching. Another train worker, who we will call Alex is working at his summer job, he sees the train headed for the five unknowing workers. Alex notices a rail switch lever which if pulled will divert the train onto a different track, however, if Alex pulls the rail switch lever he sees that it will divert the train to a track with one lone worker surely killing the one standing alone. The rail switch lever presents the following dilemma, do nothing and the train continues on its path towards the five, or pull the rail switch lever and send the train towards the one person. In this essay I will show why…show more content…
What are morals? Where do they come from? Morality is about making correct choices. Morals are the “thing” we base our motives on for actions in those choices. They are the guiding principles from which our responsibilities/decisions/actions originate. There are two schools of thought on this matter. One is Consequentialist Utilitarianism developed by Jeremy Bentham, which evaluates the moral rightness of a decision based on its outcome. The other is Kantian Ethics developed by Immanuel Kant, which is a deontological moral duty theory which evaluates the rightness of an action no matter what the consequences. (Harmin par. 2). In the train dilemma, I will be focusing on Kantian ethics, which focus on the inherent worth of each human being. I will show how this theory supports my argument for Alex not to pull the rail switch…show more content…
If an action can pass the Categorical Imperative, then it is a good choice. According to Kant, the idea behind the Categorical Imperative is, “Act only in such a way that you would want your actions to become a universal law, applicable to everyone in a similar situation” (Deontology 2008). From the Categorical Imperative perspective, we must consider what we view as universal moral laws, (general rules of right living). If murder is against the universal moral laws, then it would be wrong to decide to kill another human being in order to save others, because intentionally killing (murder) is always
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