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This is an auction for THE TROLLEY PROBLEM by Thomas Cathcart.

Subtitled "Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?"

“Jaunty, lucid and concise.”
- New York Times Book Review

“Thomas Cathcart's charming approach in The Trolley Problem is to dramatize the dilemma by presenting a trial in the court of public opinion, complete with arguments from lawyers on both sides as well as a psychologist, a professor, a bishop, listeners to a radio call-in show ..."
- Wall Street Journal

Amazon.com review:

"A trolley is careering out of control. Up ahead are five workers; on a spur to the right stands a lone individual. You, a bystander, happen to be standing next to a switch that could divert the trolley, which would save the five, but sacrifice the one—do you pull it? Or say you’re watching from an overpass. The only way to save the workers is to drop a heavy object in the trolley’s path. And you’re standing next to a fat man… This ethical conundrum—based on British philosopher Philippa Foot’s 1967 thought experiment—has inspired decades of argument around the world. Now Thomas Cathcart brings his sharp intelligence, quirky humour, and gift for popularizing serious ideas to the trolley problem. Framing the issue as a possible crime that is to be tried in the Court of Public Opinion, Cathcart explores philosophy and ethics, intuition and logic. Along the way he makes connections to the Utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham, Kant’s limits of reason, St Thomas Aquinas’s Principle of Double Effect, and more. Read with an open mind, this provocative book will challenge your deepest held notions of right and wrong. Would you divert the trolley? Kill one to save five? Would you throw the fat man off the bridge?"

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2013.

132 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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