Moral Dilemmas and Thought Experiments (page1)

List of Ethical Dilemmas and Thought Experiments:

Previous 1 2 3 Next


1. Jane has a strong intuition that the recently released killer, Socrates, is going to murder someone on the West side of town. Logically speaking, all the evidence points to the contrary. In violation of police policy, Jane investigates and saves a family from a brutal death. Firstly, is Jane's action moral? Secondly, should she be considered moral if judged solely based on that action? Thirdly, should society praise Jane for her decision?

2. Louie discovers a watch on the ground, and it begins to glow strangely. He is transported to the future for a short period, and he returns to the original time with the watch absent. Disturbingly, he learned that in exactly one week, he is supposedly going to commit rape. A child is born, and she grows up to end world hunger. Presuming he can avoid the crime, should he do so?

3. A group of survivors are stranded on an island. Uncertain as to whether they will receive help, they have resorted to cannibalism. A mother and her child are amongst the survivors and fear drives the mob into considering the child as a potential victim. Agreeing to a random drawing, the mother's daughter is selected. Instead, the mother stabs a random person with a knife she has hidden away. Was her action moral? If not, would it make a difference if the random drawing was done without her consent, presuming both her and the daughter would participate in the consumption of the loser?

4. A local hunter is known for brutalizing an endangered species in an area known for having a corrupt government. As an animal rights activist, Saul concludes that upwards of one hundred animals will die if the hunter is not stopped, putting the species at even greater risk. Is Saul justified in his decision to kill the hunter, and would he be justified if the species were not endangered?

5. A couple travels back in time and decides not to engage in the activities that led up to the birth of their child. Is this situation ethically worrying? Why or why not?

6. Local scientists find two unknown species, and they have no reason to presume either is more valuable ethically or in its potential benefits to mankind. Seeing that one species is absolutely adorable and about to be killed by the other, should you shoot the attacking creature? It is not adorable.

7. Driving across a bridge, you see three hitchhikers in the cold. Knowing no one is likely to come back for hours but wary of strangers, do you have an ethical obligation to provide aid?

8. Already in an irritated mood, a local volunteer approaches you to join their cause of helping the sick. You've evaluated the quality of the average person and determined that they make the world worse off. However, they are theoretically capable (though highly unlikely to) of becoming productive members of an ethical society. Is the possibility of usefulness enough to justify aiding them? Should they be aided? If not based on possibility, what supports coming to their aid?

9. From a moral standpoint, the majority of societies intellectuals conclude that impoverished nation X is filled with people whose lives are not worth living. They stay alive, rather, for a variety of cultural, social, and other forces that serve as a "cruel web" that forces them to wait for their death. It's astronomically doubtful that everyone or even half the people will be helped. Given a limited amount of resources, you can kill a hundred people or save one. The harm you spare those 100, if applied to the saved individual, would be capable of making their life horrible almost 20 times over. Should you invest in bullets and murder as a charitable tactic?

10. The majority of your society has become sheep who follow the words of mass media and popular figures, who themselves are often victims of indoctrination and illogical beliefs. Knowing these people have had their rationality fundamentally impaired, is removing their voting rights a justifiable action?

11. A child is being raised according to the views of their parents. As it turns out, these beliefs are both undoubtedly false and potentially harmful to society. Is there an ethical obligation to inform the child concerning the truth of the matter, or do parents have a moral license to misinform their children?

12. Is it morally justifiable for private clubs to deny service to people of a particular race where the policy is openly admitted as being due to "the racial immorality and inferiority" of said race. Should this be illegal?

13. If #12 is unethical, do religious institutions denying service to homosexuals deserve to be categorized in the same manner. Should it be illegal to deny them service marriage services?

14. Given that homosexuality is genetic and appears to cause no social harm, just about any child can turn out homosexual. Since certain religious groups claim that homosexuality is a sin, are parents who teach this engaging in child endangerment? The idea being that is that the psychological impact such religious views may have if their child is gay is, in fact, dangerous and harmful.

15. An old women is in a coma and will die within the hour. Her family is dead, and rowdy teens steal the body and toss it off a cliff. Consequently, money is saved as a result of their unusual tendencies. What should be the ethical evaluation of such circumstances?

Previous 1 2 3 Next

26 comments:

Tahj Ali Blow said...

I think these are really interesting thought experiments. I'm planning to write an article on Pragmatism on my own blogL:
(www.thedaybyday-tahj.blogspot.com)

Would you mind if I used a few of your thought experiments in my post? Specifically, I'd want to use #1, 2, and 6. I would put links to your page and give you the proper citation. Let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in truth was a
amusement account it. Glance complex to far added agreeable from
you! However, how could we communicate?

Here is my blog post ... abercrombie france

Anonymous said...

Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing the other person's blog link on your page at proper place and other person will also do similar in support of you.

Here is my web blog ... Abercrombie

Anonymous said...

Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was
just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks?

If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
I get so much lately it's driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

Stop by my blog louis Vuitton bags

Anonymous said...

Link exchange is nothing else however it is just
placing the other person's webpage link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do similar in support of you.

Look at my blog post Converse Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty pleased to discover this website. I wanted to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to look at new stuff on your web site.

Stop by my weblog - NFL Jerseys Cheap

Anonymous said...

Hi there, of course this piece of writing is genuinely pleasant and I
have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging.
thanks.

my homepage ... Chaussures De Football

Anonymous said...

When someone writes an post he/she maintains the thought of a user in his/her brain that
how a user can understand it. Therefore that's why this post is great. Thanks!

Also visit my webpage; Louis Vuitton Outlet

Anonymous said...

Someone essentially lend a hand to make critically posts I would
state. That is the very first time I frequented your website page and to this point?
I amazed with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible.

Excellent process!

Also visit my website ... Gafas De Sol Oakley

Anonymous said...

Hey very nice blog!

Also visit my weblog - Air Max

Anonymous said...

Wow, wonderful blog layout! How lengthy have you
been running a blog for? you make blogging glance easy.
The overall glance of your website is fantastic, as neatly as the content material!


Feel free to surf to my blog post; Louis Vuitton Handbags

Anonymous said...

No matter if some one searches for his required thing, thus
he/she wishes to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is
maintained over here.

my web site: Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!
We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!


my web-site ... website

Anonymous said...

This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!

Look into my web blog - article source

Anonymous said...

Hello There. I found your blog the use of msn.
That is a really neatly written article. I'll make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your helpful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

my blog :: Oakley Frogskins

Anonymous said...

You need to be a part of a contest for one of
the greatest blogs on the internet. I most certainly will
highly recommend this website!

My web page - Boutique Air Max

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I simply wish to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent information you've got here on this post. I will be returning to your site for more soon.

my webpage ... Sac Guess Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

If some one wishes to be updated with hottest technologies after that he must be pay a visit this site and be
up to date everyday.

Look at my page; Chaussure De Foot Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually used to be a leisure account
it. Glance advanced to more delivered agreeable from you! However,
how can we keep in touch?

Feel free to visit my site - NFL wholesale Jerseys

Anonymous said...

I do consider all the ideas you have introduced in your
post. They are very convincing and will definitely work.
Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for newbies. Could you please prolong them a bit
from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.


My web blog; Click Here

Commodity Online Tips said...

Thanks for sharing. After Reading this post reminds me of my old classmate. He always kept talking about this weblog. I will forward this article to him. And I pretty sure he will have a good read.
I like representation of this website and it’s got given me some sort of commitment to have success for whatever reason.

Suraj Baba said...

Packers and Movers in Hyderabad
Packers and Movers in Bangalore
Packers and Movers in Pune

Suraj Baba said...

Packers and Movers in Mumbai
Packers and Movers in Gurgaon
Packers and Movers in Delhi

Suraj Baba said...

Packers and Movers in Chennai
Packers and Movers in Noida
Packers and Movers in Navi Mumbai
Packers and Movers in Thane
Packers and Movers in Ghaziabad
Packers and Movers in Faridabad

Suraj Baba said...


Packers and Movers Hyderabad
Packers and Movers Bangalore
Packers and Movers Pune
Packers and Movers Mumbai
Packers and Movers Gurgaon
Packers and Movers Delhi

نور الهدى said...



افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة تساعدك على نقل اثاثك بامان فلا داعى للقلق مع افضل شركة نقل اثاث بجدة

عزيزى العميل انت من محبى التنقل باستمرار بالتالى انت بحاجة ماسة وضروية الى الاستعانة بالمختصين في نقل العفش خاصة ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض لان الاستعانة باى من عمالة الشوارع الغير مدربة والتي لا تمتلك خبرة كافية في نقل العفش او الحفاظ علية وليس هذا فقط فقد يؤدى الاستعانة بعمالة الشوارع الى حدوث حالة فقدان وتكسير للاثاث بالتالى التاثير الضار عليك عزيزى العميل

لا تقلق مطلقاً الان بشأن نقل اي منقولات خاصة بك طالما استعنت بشركة الاول لـ نقل الأثاث في الرياض وخارج الرياض فنحن ليس الوحيدون ولكننا متميزون عن اى مؤسسة أخرى داخل وخارج الدمام وشهرتنا كافضل شركة نقل عفش بينبع
نقل اثاث بجدة

Post a Comment