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The Big Idea for Friday, July 05, 2013

The Trolley Problem is one of the most famous thought experiments in philosophy. It hinges on the question of whether we would push a person into the path of a runaway trolley in order to stop the trolley and keep it from killing five others.

Thomas Cathcart has devoted a new book to this question, and we are devoting a blog to the question of the value of thought experiments, written by Cathcart, called "Why Philosophize?"


  1. 1 Philosophy in Change and Change in Philosophy
    Thomas Cathcart Why Philosophize?
  2. 2 Sinister Variations on the Trolley Problem
    Kevin Dutton In Their Own Words
  3. 3 What the World Needs is More Curious Amateurs
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  4. 4 Why We Can't Think Outside the Belief Box
    Daniel Dennett In Their Own Words


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