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Who am I? A philosophical inquiry - Amy Adkins. Need more about The Ship of Theseus?

Who am I? A philosophical inquiry - Amy Adkins

Find this concept interesting? Confusing? Visit the Khan Academy and watch this lesson from Jennifer Wang a Professor of Philosophy! Did this further clarify this concept? For even more, watch: The Paradox of Theseus’s Ship from 90 second Philosophy! Are you now wondering, “What is personal identity?” John Locke also addresses personal identity. TED Ed also addresses some questions about how you know you actually exist and who “you” really are. Moral Sense Test (MST): Test Your Moral Intuitions. Ethical Dilemmas Archive. Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each. Heinz Dilemma: A Hand-Drawn Interactive Animation to Test Your Moral Development. Top 10 Moral Dilemmas. Miscellaneous Thankfully most of us do not come across dire situations that present a moral dilemma, but it is always a very interesting exercise to consider a dilemma and our reaction to it.

Top 10 Moral Dilemmas

So, I now present you with a list of ten agonizing moral dilemmas, in no particular order. (Be sure to tell us what you would do in the comments.) 10. Concentration Camp You are an inmate in a concentration camp. 9. You are an emergency worker that has just been called to the scene of an accident. She sees you and although barely conscious, she manages to mouth the words “I’m sorry”… You don’t understand, but her look answers you question. You reel back in shock, devastated by what her eyes have just told you. You look at the seat next to her and see her lover. If you tend to your wife however, the man will bleed to death despite the fact it could have been avoided. Who would you choose to work on?

8. You are the network administrator for a rather large company. Moral Dilemmas. 1.

Moral Dilemmas

Examples In Book I of Plato's Republic, Cephalus defines ‘justice’ as speaking the truth and paying one's debts. Socrates quickly refutes this account by suggesting that it would be wrong to repay certain debts—for example, to return a borrowed weapon to a friend who is not in his right mind. Socrates' point is not that repaying debts is without moral import; rather, he wants to show that it is not always right to repay one's debts, at least not exactly when the one to whom the debt is owed demands repayment. What we have here is a conflict between two moral norms: repaying one's debts and protecting others from harm. Nearly twenty-four centuries later, Jean-Paul Sartre described a moral conflict the resolution of which was, to many, less obvious than the resolution to the Platonic conflict.

While the examples from Plato and Sartre are the ones most commonly cited, it should be clear that there are many others. 2. What is common to the two well-known cases is conflict. The Generalized Structure of Moral Dilemmas, The Trolley Problem. Among men there are but few who behave according to principles -- which is extremely good, as it can so easily happen that one errs in these principles, and then the resulting disadvantage extends all the further, the more universal the principle and the more resolute the person who has set it before himself.Immanuel Kant, Observations of the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime[translated by John T.

The Generalized Structure of Moral Dilemmas, The Trolley Problem

Goldthwait, University of California Press, 1960, p.74] The most common question I'm asked by such non-legal characters as cross my path, or get talking to me over a glass in Pommery's Wine Bar, is how you can defend a customer when you know he's guilty. Well, the answer is, of course, that you don't. Once the old darling tells you that he did the deed, you've got to advise him to plead guilty, admit all and take the consequences.

If he refuses to agree, then you must leave him to his own devices. Another complication is knowledge. Closer to home, we have the films of D.W. Ethics Home Page. Polynomic Theory of Value, Pleasure, Virtues of Franklin and Wooden. After Immanuel Kant, Friedrich von Schiller, & Leonard Nelson Miranda There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple.

Polynomic Theory of Value, Pleasure, Virtues of Franklin and Wooden

If the ill spirit have so fair a house, Good things will strive to dwell with't. The Tempest, William Shakespeare, Act 1, Scene 2:459-462 But welfare has no principle, neither for him who receives it, nor for him who distributes it (one places it here, another there); because it depends on the material of the will, which is empirical, and therefore is incapable of the generality of a rule.

Some Moral Dilemmas. The Trolley Problem, not in Grassian.

Some Moral Dilemmas

Suggested by Philippa Foot (1920-2010), daughter of Esther, the daughter of President Grover Cleveland, but of British birth because of her father, William Sidney Bence Bosanquet. A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Some Moral Dilemmas. 10 Most Fascinating Moral Dilemmas. Suggested by SMS Everyone faces moral dilemmas; some moral dilemmas have been used to scare people, others to teach a message, and some we face every day without really regarding them as moral dilemmas.

10 Most Fascinating Moral Dilemmas

The first five dilemmas deal with life or death situations. They are not as common as some of the other ones, but they are commonly used as examples to teach and preach. 10. Marriage and divorce Two years ago you went through a terrible divorce. 9. Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each.