The Moral Analysis Of Peter Singer's The Great Train Dilemma

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The Great Train Dilemma 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 unto 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 surly 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 Alex should not pull the rail switch lever and doing so would be morally wrong. Making a choice that results in the intentional killing of someone and ignoring his or her value would be…show more content…
If we applied this moral principle of Peter Singer’s to the train dilemma we could look at it from a different view. Pulling the rail switch lever and saving five lives would be preventing something bad from happening. However, in doing so, we would be intentionally killing the lone worker on the tracks, which would be sacrificing something (someone) of equal moral importance, an innocent life. How do we determine equal moral importance? Are five lives more important than one, just because there is a greater number of lives? Are all lives equal and the decision to pull or not pull the rail switch lever needs additional factors to decide? I know some would say that five lives are not equal to one life, that they are actually more

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