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So you would kill a baby if it meant keeping alive 10 mass murderers? That's why. Context is everything, who is dying and who is being saved. Not all lives are equal, if 10 people are dying from cancer and you kill a child with their life ahead of them to save ten people about to die from cancer from a speeding bus, is that a fair trade? I mean you bought those ten people a couple of months maybe, but you took away decades from the child (not to mention the trauma to the family). So that is another situation where you would have to weigh the outcomes. Nothing is black and white.
Depends on how old they are and why they did it. The question was asked without any context...🤷🏽♀️
Yes but my point was their is always exceptions, so don't jump the gun. Also would it matter if the person you kill is a completely innocent bystandard (the fat man argument, i. e. if a train is barreling down on some workers and your standing near by and their is a fat man in front of you that if you push will force the train to hit the breaks and save the workers, would you do it?)?
It would be the smartest thing to do but I wouldn’t do it because I probably couldn’t push someone in front of a train
That's actually why the argument is made in philosophy. Its a play off of another one, which is if you were the operator of a train and you saw that five workers were on the rail and their was no time to stop it, your only other option being to switch rails and kill one worker, which would you choose? Most choose to kill the one worker. So they constructed the "fat man" argument to explore the idea further and surprisingly, most people are uncomfortable with and adverse to the idea of sacrificing some one to save another. Its just an interesting philosophical/psychological idea. Personally I think it has to do with agency, in one your stuck in the situation, in the other you take it upon yourself to insert yourself into the delimma and alter the course of events and that's what bothers people with it. So the question becomes, why would sacrificing one person for the life of multiple others suddenly be different? I mean if ten lives saved is better then one life saved, why would different circumstances change your perception of it?(an interesting question and dilemma).