• The Trolley Problem and the Dropping of Atomic Bombs

    Author(s):
    Masahiro Morioka (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Ethics, Philosophy, Politics, Social sciences, Sociology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62B4Q
    Abstract:
    In this paper, the ethical and spiritual aspects of the trolley problem are discussed in connection with the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. First, I show that the dropping of atomic bombs was a typical example of the events that contained the logic of the trolley problems in their decision-making processes and justifications. Second, I discuss five aspects of “the problem of the trolley problem;” that is to say, “Rarity,” “Inevitability,” “Safety Zone,” “Possibility of Becoming a Victim,” and “Lack of Perspective of the Dead Victims Who Were Deprived of Freedom of Choice,” in detail. Third, I argue that those who talk about the trolley problem are automatically placed in the sphere of the expectation of response on the spiritual level. I hope that my contribution will shed light on the trolley problem from a very different angle, which has not been made by our fellow philosophers.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
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