Here are a couple resources sent my way from a current student (thanks Kolby!) who came across them while further researching a thought experiment we covered one day in class…
EGOISM vs. UTILITARIANISM
Driverless cars pose a quandary when it comes to safety. These autonomous vehicles are programmed with a set of safety rules, and it is not hard to construct a scenario in which those rules come into conflict with each other. Suppose a driverless car must either hit a pedestrian or swerve in such a way that it crashes and harms its passengers. What should it be instructed to do?
A fallacy at stake
Special pleading / moving the goal post
See video above.
Original video @ CNN.
Several issues are raised in this discussion. One by one:
What is the question at stake?
What position does each individual take in response to that question?
What standard or value does each position appeal to?
Is the standard being appealed to change?
If yes, when and how?
What words does Tapper put in Giuliani’s mouth?
This clip can be used to motivate a discussion about ethical decision making, and different standards at stake in a particular decision.
What are the necessary conditions for qualifying an item of clothing as a tax write off? Or for qualifying a vacation trip as a tax write off? I.e., what three conditions are required in each case?
Sent to me by Jennifer, a student in my Spring 2016 Ethics class at CSCC.
This brought to my attention by Madison, a student in one of my Ethics classes…