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The Moral Sense Test. Moral Dilemma: Definition & Examples. 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. Ethical Dilemmas Archive. #1: Jeff's best friend is getting into some pretty risky behaviors, including dangerous drugs.

Ethical Dilemmas Archive

What can Jeff do to help his friend? #2: Jennifer knows her parents won't let her go to "the big party" if they find out the host's parents are out of town. Should she lie about it? #3: What's the difference between cheating on a math test and lying about your age in order to save money on a movie ticket? #4: Julia's best friend has turned against her and is now organizing the other girls to bully and isolate her. Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each. By Maria Popova From the fine folks at the Open University comes 60-Second Adventures in Thought, a fascinating and delightfully animated series exploring six famous thought experiments.

Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each

The Paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles comes from Ancient Greece and explores motion as an illusion: The Grandfather Paradox grapples with time travel: Chinese Room comes from the work of John Searle, originally published in 1980, and deals with artificial intelligence: 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. Moral Dilemmas. 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. Polynomic Theory of Value, Pleasure, Virtues of Franklin and Wooden. 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. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. This is a classic "right vs. good" dilemma. The Costly Underwater Tunnel Compare: 112 men were killed during the construction of Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border (the "official" number was 98, but others had died from causes more difficult to identify -- or easier to ignore -- like by carbon monoxide poisoning): The first to die was a surveyor, J.G. 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.