What would Socrates have said if the trolley problem was asked to him?

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Imagine a situation a wagon carrier asked to Socrates a variation of the Trolley Problem. What will be the Socrates' answer in terms of being just and being a good man?

yagizer

Posted 2014-11-30T11:13:43.003

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3You should state the trolley problem. Or at least give a link. – None – 2014-11-30T19:17:28.603

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem but I have no idea how Socrates would deal with it. – None – 2014-12-01T17:06:40.403

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Socrates, at least in his portrayal in the early Platonic dialogs (generally viewed as closest to the historical Socrates), would be more inclined to ask such a question than answer it. His typical approach was to take someone who felt a sense of certainty about some moral or philosophical issue, and to ask him a question that would introduce doubt about his beliefs. If pressed on his own stance, he would profess ignorance.

Chris Sunami supports Monica

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